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March 28, 2014
NMSBA Renewable Energy Institute (REI) Program

 

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OBJECTIVE
Using methodology developed by the Renewable Energy Institute instructors, participants will learn to understand and evaluate the many considerations that affect the generation and sales of renewable energy, including solar intensity, wind speed, wind direction and interconnecting to the electrical grid.

April 19, April 26 and May 3 at UNM Anderson School of Management, 1924 Las Lomas NE, Albuquerque, NM

Sponsored by the NM Green Chamber of Commerce


REGISTRATION

On-line Registration – www.NMSBAprogram.org

  • – Describe Assistance needed: Renewable Energy Institute
  • – Request LANL as the National Laboratory

Paper Registration – Contact LANL NMSBA Office at (505) 667-1710

In order to register, you must be an owner or employee of a for-profit small business located in New Mexico.
NMSBA cannot provide assistance to government employees or nonprofit entities.


COURSE OUTLINE
Classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and will finish around 4:00 p.m. with lunch at noon.
Day 1:

  • Metered wind/solar data; how this information is used to assess project feasibility
  • Wind and solar hardware characteristics and energy capture

Day 2

  • Wind turbine/solar PV array siting; how sites differ and features that must be evaluated
  • Pricing renewable energy; RPS quotas, bulk power markets in SPP, WECC and ERCOT; State and Federal policies

Day 3

  • Power sales markets; where bulk power flows and what interconnect options are available
  • Renewable developer’s perspective; issues related to business development, pitfalls and hurdles typically affecting projects
  • Team project briefings, identifying key project features, assemble 15-minute presentation, feedback and team evaluations


Attendees should be able to interpret basic technical information such as charts, graphs and
numeric tables. All technical terms will be defined and discussed during training sessions. Slide
material will be provided to all attendees, for later reference. This course will involve hands-on
teamwork to develop a renewable site assessment using readily available wind and solar resource
data, and related information. A generic assessment report will be posted on the course website for
on-line reading and provided as an in-class handout.


INSTRUCTORS

Loren Toole – Loren is the lead instructor from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). He has worked extensively with NMSBA on renewable energy generation, transmission and distribution analysis. Prior to coming to LANL, Loren served as Enertech’s Field Engineering Manager for wind farm projects in
California, and other US sites.
Matt Nelson – Matt’s research at LANL involves wind dispersion modeling. His experience includes fluid mechanics, modeling and the physical measurement of the atmospheric surface layer.
Andy McCown – Andy has extensive expertise with LANL in energy infrastructure analysis including renewable energy site assessments in southeast New Mexico. He also has previous experience in economic and systems analysis.
Marian Anghel – Marian’s research at LANL includes analysis and control of power grid systems and integrating models for renewable energy sources (wind turbines and PV cells) in the power grid dynamic models.
Craig White – Craig is an accounting professor at UNM’s Anderson School of
Management. He and his students developed a renewable energy business
analysis tool to help calculate expected returns, highlight points of negotiation
between landowners and wind developers and outline revenue ranges.

GUEST SPEAKERS
Jeremy Turner, NM RETA Executive Director – Jeremy has significant experience in the financial industry specifically in marketing and financial analysis. He will discuss transmission options and barriers to transmission development in New Mexico.
Arlo Corwin, Managing Principal of Advance Energy Partners (AEP) – Prior to founding AEP in 2013, Arlo was the President of Power Network New Mexico (PNNM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners (GSIP). He will provide a developers perspective of the potential renewable energy industry in New Mexico.