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Webinar: Understanding the COP21 Contributions in Light of Renewable Energy in Latin America: Mexico and Costa Rica"

28 September 2015 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

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Dear Renewable Energy Enthusiasts,

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is conducting a webinar in partnership with Latinoamérica Renovable, LLC and Nivela. The focus of the webinar is understanding the contributions of COP21 in light of renewable energy in Latin America: Mexico and Costa Rica. Please join us for the webinar on 28 September 2015 at 09:00 am EDT.

Description: Countries across the globe are committed to create a universal climate agreement by COP21 held in Paris in December 2015. The Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) will be the key items for negotiation. During this webinar, Dr. Araya will give us an overview of the INDCs and their importance. Dr. Ley and Dr. Palma-Rojas will exemplify INDCs using two specific cases, Mexico and Costa Rica, respectively. We will conclude the webinar with Dr. Lopez¹s remarks on Latinoamerica Renovable¹s bioenergy initiative to address renewable energy in transportation, which is a future application of renewable energies in the region.

For further information, please visit the IRELP website here .

We look forward to your participation!

Webinar: Informed Decision Making for a Climate Resilient Future: The Climate Knowledge Brokers Manifesto

1 October 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

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The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the Climate Knowledge Brokers Group (CKB), is hosting a no-cost, webinar-based training on the recently released Climate Knowledge Brokers Manifesto.

The vision of the Climate Knowledge Brokers Group (CKB) is a world in which people make climate sensitive decisions fully informed by the best available climate knowledge. To achieve this vision, the CKB has been built around a strong drive towards collaboration, exchange and the use of open data. The recently published Climate Knowledge Brokers Manifesto sets out these principles and calls for joint action to meet the massive climate knowledge challenges ahead. In this webinar, Florian Bauer, member of the CKB Steering Committee and head of its Coordination Hub, will present the Manifesto, its ideas, principles and visions. He will explain how climate knowledge brokers can lead the way towards more quality- and demand-driven information distribution. He will also explain how strong collaboration between brokers, users and funders will be essential to achieve this.

The presentations will be followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience.

Webinar: COP21 and beyond: Aligning Policies for a Low-Carbon Economy

5 October 2015, 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM MDT

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Featuring: Eliot Whittington (CISL), Richard Baron (OECD), Virginie Marchal (OECD), Simon Mueller (IEA) and Rasmus Valanko (WBCSD)

Addressing climate change requires urgent policy action to drive a global infrastructure and technological transformation. More countries are implementing core climate policies but still a number of obstacles stand in the way of effective change. In the lead up to COP21 in Paris, it is even more vital to harness global negotiation momentum for climate policy action and to reflect upon the importance of a coordinated approach to help the transition towards low-carbon economies and the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The new report 'Aligning Policies for a Low-carbon Economy' produced by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Transport Forum (ITF) and the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) presents the first diagnosis of the alignments of policy and regulatory frameworks with climate policy goals. The report demonstrates how solving policy misalignments with climate is pivotal to the achievement of green and inclusive growth.

Join the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) for a webinar exploring these issues. The webinar will be moderated by Eliot Whittington (Deputy Director, Policy at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership) and include presentations by Richard Baron (Manager, OECD Round Table on Sustainable Development), Virginie Marchal (Policy Analyst, Climate Change, Biodiversity and Development Division, OECD Environment Directorate), Simon Müller (Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency) and Rasmus Valanko (Climate & Energy Cluster, World Business Council on Sustainable Development).

The presentations will highlight misalignments between climate change objectives and policy and regulatory frameworks across a range of policy domains (investment, taxation, innovation and skills, trade, and adaptation) and activities at the heart of climate policy (electricity, urban mobility and rural land use).

For more information click here or email the GGKP at contact@ggkp.org.

International Conference on Climate Change Resilience (CCR)

5 - 6 October 2015 Puducherry, India

The Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences of Pondicherry University, in association with the Indian-European Multi-level Climate Governance Research Network (IECGN), will be organizing the International Conference on Climate Change Resilience (CCR) on October 5-6, 2015 in Pondicherry.

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Webinar: Greening the Grid - Best Practices in Conducting Grid Integration Studies

6 October 2015 10:00 AM EDT

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USAID, in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Clean Energy Solutions Center, is hosting a no-cost, webinar-based training on Best Practices in Conducting Grid Integration Studies. This webinar is part of the recently launched GreeningTheGrid.org toolkit, a USAID and NREL collaboration designed to support countries in integrating renewable energy into the power system.

As countries around the world establish ambitious renewable energy targets, power system planners will increasingly need to evaluate and manage the impact of significant generation from wind and solar on system operations. A grid integration study is an analytical framework for evaluating a power system with high levels of variable renewable energy. By simulating the operation of a power system under different future scenarios, a grid integration study informs stakeholders on the ability and needs of a power system to accommodate significant wind and solar generation. Experience demonstrates that when power system operators are able to evaluate the requirements of power systems with high VRE, they have been willing to innovate new approaches to meeting and even exceeding renewable energy targets.

This webinar will address several fundamental questions, including:

 • Why conduct a grid integration study? 
 • What types of questions can a grid integration study address? 
 • What are best practices for engaging key stakeholders in grid integration studies? 
 • What kinds of analysis and data are involved in a grid integration study? 

The webinar will also include several case studies to highlight examples and lessons learned from grid integration studies that have been undertaken globally.

The presentations will be followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience.


Dr. Jaquelin Cochran is a Senior Energy Analyst with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where she analyzes system operations, policies, and market designs that create an enabling framework for emerging energy technologies (renewable energy, demand response, distributed generation). Dr. Cochran has published on many topics related to integration of renewable electricity, including policy best practices, coal cycling, RE curtailment, variability analysis, integration studies, system flexibility, and market designs. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the Energy & Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Clayton Barrows is a member of the Energy Forecasting and Modeling Group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His research focuses on improving the technical and economic efficiency of electrical systems through advanced computation and analysis. During Dr. Barrow's Ph.D. program, he interned at Los Alamos National Lab where he developed new algorithms to solve the optimal topology control problem. At NREL, Clayton focuses on electric system planning and operations models. He is a core developer of the RPM capacity expansion model and has designed and implemented a time domain partitioning method to parallelize production cost model simulations. Additionally, Clayton serves as a special detailee to The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he leads analysis of electricity market data. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming and his Ph.D. in Energy and Mineral Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

Jennifer Leisch is a Climate Change Mitigation Specialist in the USAID Office of Global Climate Change, where she supports the U.S. Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies program. Jennifer manages the USAID Greening the Grid partnership, and she directs agency work to account for greenhouse gas emissions reductions as a result of USAID Clean Energy programs. She holds a Ph.D. focused on renewable energy science, and has previously worked in the research and development of advanced solar energy and fuel cell technologies.

For more information, please visit the Clean Energy Solutions Center website Here

LEDS Global Partnership Annual Event 2015

Implementing LEDS: Innovation and Good Practices

14 - 16 October, 2015, Melia Caribe Tropical Hotel, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The event will bring together leading officials and practitioners from countries and international institutions in a highly interactive and member-led format, to share lessons and strengthen cooperation on climate-resilient low emission development around the world.

The agenda will focus on the two key areas you told us were most important during the survey conducted by the Secretariat last month: financing LEDS and assessment and communications of benefits. In addition, we will run focused peer learning sessions on Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU), Energy, Transportation, and Subnational Integration (SNI) of LEDS; and an innovation lab, which will give participants an opportunity to develop innovative solutions to common LEDS challenges.

See full event page: LEDS GP Annual Event 2015

ALP Climate Finance Workshop 2015

28 - 30 October 2015, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

This regional workshop will bring together key stakeholders from responsible government agencies, private sector, development finance, and non-governmental organizations, to share experiences on effective ways to accelerate investment in low-emission development in agriculture – particularly in the crop production and processing sub-sector. It will also support the development of public-private collaborative actions to mobilize investment along with peer knowledge sharing.

This workshop complements earlier regional workshops that the Asia Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Partnership has hosted on climate finance readiness, national climate finance strategies, climate finance options, and access to finance, and builds on regional momentum to spur private investment in green growth and LEDS.

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Past Events

For information about past events, see past partnership events.