NETL Regional Workforce Initiative Energy 101 Webinar

Energy 101 Webinar Invitation – Sensors and Controls

Wednesday, January 22 11-12PM

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How do research breakthroughs and innovations create regional and national economic and workforce opportunities? This is the focus of the NETL Regional Workforce Initiative Energy 101 webinar series. 

The NETL RWFI Energy 101 Series provides a basic primer on the research conducted at NETL, including the challenges and potential economic and workforce opportunities that successful research into these topics and their related challenges may bring to the region and the nation. NETL researchers present information on their work in an easy to follow and thus easy to communicate fashion. This month we look at research being conducted at NETL on sensors and controls.

The Sensors and Controls program improves fossil energy power generation through with sensors, distributed intelligent control systems, and increased security. Advanced sensors and controls provide pivotal insights into optimizing plant performance and increasing plant reliability and availability. NETL tests and matures novel sensor and control systems that are operable in coal-fired power plants; capable of real-time measurements; improve overall plant efficiencies; and allow for more effective ramp rates. Given the crosscutting nature of sensors and controls, these technologies will also benefit natural gas power generation and other harsh environment applications.

Webinar Agenda:

  • Introductions & Webinar Instructions
  • NETL Regional Workforce Initiative and NETL Research Background – Anthony Armaly – NETL RWFI Federal Coordinator
  • Energy 101 – Sensors and Controls – Richard Hammack – NETL Research Group Leader
  • Conclusion and upcoming events

NETL RWFI Webinar – Future of Work

NETL Regional Workforce Initiative

The Future of Work Webinar

November 21, 1-2 PM


In parallel with breakthroughs in research and technology comes equally resonant opportunities in economic and workforce development related to those breakthroughs.

Join the NETL Regional Workforce Initiative on Thursday, November 21st from 1-2PM for our Future of Work Webinar, where presenters from the RAND corporation will cover a variety of topics related to how technology and societal changes have affected the workforce training, and make suggestions on how to navigate those changes for both employers and workforce training providers.  Hyper-Regional and national trends will be discussed, including those specific to energy and advanced manufacturing workforce training. The webinar will also include results and recommendations from a recent RAND report entitled “A system that Works” – Reimagining the Workforce Development and Employment System for the 21st Century and Beyond”.  

“A System that Works” Report Abstract:

Technology. Globalization. Demographic changes. The American workplace has changed profoundly over the past 40 years, and it continues to evolve. Employers still need workers who come to jobs with industry-specific knowledge. But they also increasingly value such skills as effective communication and critical thinking to facilitate teamwork and meet expectations of ongoing innovation. As a result, some workers find that their knowledge and skills are no longer up to date or even necessary and that employers no longer offer stable employment and benefit packages. Some employers struggle to find workers who have the kinds of skills and knowledge needed to keep their companies well-staffed and competitive over the long term. RAND Corporation researchers took a systems approach to rethinking the current workforce development and employment system. The study pinpoints the ways in which the system is failing many and envisions how educators, employers, workers, and other stakeholders can rebuild the current system to bring about much-needed transformation.

Webinar Abstract

  1. Introductions
  2. NETL Regional Workforce Initiative Background- Anthony Armaly, NETL RWFI Coordinator
    1. NETL RWFI Goals
    2. NETL RWFI Winter 2020 Webinars
  3. The Future of Work- Gabriella Gonzalez, Senior Scientist, RAND Corporation; Melanie Zaber, Associate Economist, RAND Corporation

Innovation Crossroads Cohort Four Informational Webinar

Innovation Crossroads is an Oak Ridge National Laboratory program that matches aspiring energy entrepreneurs with experts and mentors in technology-related fields to take their world-changing ideas from R&D to the marketplace. The program is now welcoming applications for Cohort Four and encouraging interested individuals to sign up for informational webinars.

Seven entrepreneurs will be chosen for this cohort, where sponsors include DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Specific topics of interest identified by DOE’s AMO and TVA include technologies in Energy and Advanced Manufacturing and Shared Integrated Grid, respectively.

Applicants whose technology doesn’t fall under the aforementioned categories are still encouraged to apply. To learn more about the program’s benefits, application process and more, sign up for an informational webinar at one of the following times:

  • Friday, September 20th at 2:30 p.m. ET

Selected participants will receive a two-year fellowship, lab access and research funding, and business mentors, entrepreneurial training, and networking opportunities.

Ready to apply? Here is the application. Contact if you have any questions.

TVA webinar presents progress and next steps for 2019 IRP

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) hosted a public webinar on June 5 to discuss updates on the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and accompanying Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Both the IRP and EIS are being finalized and should be released June 28.

During the webinar, TVA provided an overview of comments received during the public comment period, highlights of additional computer modeling completed in response to public comments and a review of next steps to finalize the IRP recommendation. There was also a short Q&A session.

TVA released its draft 2019 IRP on Feb. 15, 2019, which initiated the public review period that concluded April 8. In April, TAEBC submitted comments to TVA.

In the webinar, TVA announced it received public comments on a variety of topics ranging from energy resource options to environmental impacts. Some of these comments include:

  • Support for distributed energy generation, demand reduction and increasing storage capability
  • Desire for increased and earlier adoption of renewable energy
  • Concern over small amount of energy efficiency in portfolios

The public comments helped inform TVA’s sensitivity analysis and are considered in the development of the IRP Recommendation. TVA also revised the EIS to address substantive comments on environmental analysis. The public comments and responses will be appended to the Final IRP/EIS.

The webinar also revealed next steps regarding the 2019 IRP:

  • TVA will host a Regional Energy Resource Council Meeting covering the 2019 IRP from June 26-27 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • A public listening session will be held June 26, where the public is invited to share comments as the Energy Resource Council forms their recommendations.

TVA intends to request approval of the IRP Recommendation from the Board in August 2019. Once approved, a Record of Decision will be published.

To learn more about TVA’s 2019 IRP website and to view the published webinar, follow this link.

TVA IRP Public Webinar

On June 5 from 11:00 AM to 11:45AM EST, TVA will host a public webinar with updates on its 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and accompanying Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The IRP and EIS will be released on June 28. Webinar participants will need to pre-register here in order to get additional information about how to join the webinar.

During the webinar, TVA will provide:

  • An overview of comments received during the public comment period, which ran from Feb. 15 to April 8, 2019,
  • Highlights of additional computer modeling completed in response to public comments, and
  • A review of next steps to finalize the IRP recommendation.

TVA’s 2019 IRP is a comprehensive study that provides direction on how TVA can best meet future demand for power. The IRP will help shape TVA’s power-generation system and offer direction on how TVA provides low-cost, reliable electricity; supports environmental stewardship; and fosters economic development in the Tennessee Valley for the next 20 years. Per the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), TVA has prepared an EIS to analyze the 2019 IRP’s potential impacts on the environment, economy and population in the Tennessee Valley.

TVA will make the IRP and final EIS, which will include the recommendation, available to the public for at least 30 days before it is presented to the TVA Board of Directors for approval. TVA will request approval of the IRP Recommendation from the Board in August 2019. Once approved, a Record of Decision will be published.

TVA plans to record the webinar and make it available on its IRP website. Please pre-register for the webinar if you plan to attend. For more information, visit TVA’s IRP website at