Here - AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition

Here - AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition

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WINDPOWER 2012 Conference & Exhibition



Program Schedule as of March 27, 2012 – Program Subject to Change

Maximize Your



Sunday, June 3

Registration Open (Registration Hall, between Buildings A & B)




Industry Essentials

(Separate Registration Required)

Investing Wisely



Supply Chain


Exhibit Hall Preview & Opening Reception

WindPAC Event (Hilton West Lanai)

Operations &







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Market Updates



Post 2012: Wind


Assessment of

Supply, Demand

& Cost


Bringing Wind

Energy to the



Decisive Policy:

Expanding the

U.S. Wind

Energy Industry


Monday, June 4

Registration Open (Registration Hall, between Buildings A & B)

Continental Breakfast for Session Attendees (Thomas Murphy Ballroom Foyer)

WINDPOWER 2012 - Welcome and Opening Session (Thomas Murphy Ballroom)

Open to all attendees

Exhibit Halls Open

(Exhibitor booth receptions are encouraged from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

Beverage Break for Session Attendees (Building B, Levels 3 & 4)





Development in a


Market: Where

Do We Go From






Wind Energy









The Science of

the Wind Industry






Critical Topics






Lunch in Exhibit Halls



Plugging Wind

Into America


Modeling &

Measurement –


Advances in the

State of the Art



Community &


Wind Track




A Diversified and

Promising Sector


Economic Value

of Distributed



Beverage Break for Session Attendees (Building B, Levels 3 & 4)


Markets for Wind

Power – Growth

and Expansion



Challenges for

Wind Plant



Prepare for the

Best: Resource

Assessment at

100 GW


Exhibit Hall Happy Hour

Exhibit Hall After-Hours Receptions NEW


Real World

Impacts of

Distributed Wind


Academic Track



Updates -

An Academic



Wind Turbine

Components &

Structures - An





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Finance Track


Policy Outlook

from State Policy



Project Finance

Market Update

and Outlook


How to Finance

Wind Projects


Tuesday, June 5

Registration Open (Registration Hall, between Buildings A & B)

Continental Breakfast for Session Attendees (Thomas Murphy Ballroom Foyer)

General Session (Thomas Murphy Ballroom)

(Open to all attendees)

Exhibit Halls Open

Beverage Break for Session Attendees (Building B, Levels 3 & 4)

Siting Track


Siting Impact


Addressing Pre-

and Post-

Construction Due



Eagles and Bats:

The Intersection

of Policy and



Utility Track


Critical Wind

Power Topics for

Electric Utilities


Supply Chain



On Land & In the

Water – What

Does the Future

Hold for


Transportation &



Lunch in Exhibit Halls

Long-Term Wind

Power Contracts

and State



Wind Turbine

Supply Chain


and Challenges


Turbine Design



Wind Turbine

Gear Design


Full-Scale Wind

Turbine Testing

and Validation


Beverage Break for Session Attendees (Building B, Levels 3 & 4)



Overcome Wind


Opposition at the

Community Level


Utility Strategies

for Wind Power:

Case Studies


Poster Reception

The Role of Wind

Power in


Development and

Jobs Creation


Conference Dinner

(The Georgia Aquarium)

(Reception starting at 6:30, Dinner at 7:30 pm)

(Ticket purchase required)

Wind Turbine

Blade Design,

Analysis, and




Academic Track



Profitability &

Reliability -

An Academic




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Large Wind



Forum Part I


Large Wind



Forum Part 2






Wednesday, June 6

Registration Open (Registration Hall, between Buildings A & B)

Continental Breakfast for Session Attendees (Building B, Levels 3 & 4)






Reliability -

Lessons from the

Real World


Offshore Track


Offshore Wind:

Realizing Viable

Projects in the



Exhibit Halls Open





How Does Your

EHS Program

Measure Up?






Advanced Wind





Beverage Break for Session Attendees (Building B, Levels 3 & 4)

Performance and





Performance –


from the Field


Integrated Risks

for Offshore

Wind: A Broad-

Based Research



Driving Demand

for Wind Energy

through Retail



Lunch in Exhibit Halls


Research in

Offshore Wind





Applications and

Issues for Wind



Grid Integration

of Wind: Solving

the Technical

and Economic



Expanding the

Science behind

Wind Integration




Academic Track


Siting, Wildlife &


Acceptance - An





Monday, June 4 8:30 am – 10:00 am

WINDPOWER 2012 – Welcome and Opening Session

(Thomas B. Murphy Ballroom)

Denise Bode, Chief Executive Officer, American Wind Energy Association

State of the Wind Energy Industry

Ted Turner, Turner Enterprises Inc

The Keynote and General Session is sponsored by GE Energy

Monday, June 4 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Post-2012: Wind Market Assessment of Supply, Demand & Cost (1A)

(Room B401/402 – Market Updates Track)

The perfect storm of strong market activity in 2011, continued market strength for 2012, and uncertainty around

post-2012 markets, requires businesses to develop keen insights into demand opportunities for wind and its

competitiveness. At this data-driven session, top market analysts share their insights into regional supply and

demand for wind, evolution of cost competition of wind and other sources, and future expectations on market

drivers such as gas prices and load growth. Other topics include change in cost landscape, regional (including

Southeastern U.S.) market activity, and wind development drivers. This valuable information will help you prepare

for 2012 and beyond.

Session Chair/Moderator: Liz Salerno, Director, Industry Data and Analysis, American Wind Energy Association

Ryan Wiser, Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Tracking the US Wind Industry: The Latest Cost, Performance, and Pricing Trends

Amy Grace, Lead North American Wind Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Variations in Wind's Experience Curve and the Implications for its Cost Competitiveness

Matt Kaplan, Associate Director, IHS Emerging Energy Research

Turbine Technology Unlocks New Market Opportunities

Dan Shreve, Director & Partner, MAKE Consulting

Capitalizing on Turbine Technology Trends – Innovation Opportunities for US Suppliers

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate

Development In A Seasoned Market: Where Do We Go From Here? (1B)

(Room B407 – Project Development Track)

The wind industry is maturing within often-strained conditions, including lower public enthusiasm, depressed

investor confidence, uncertain federal and state policies, and interconnection/transmission limitations. This session

focuses on best practices for developing projects, exploring how developers are responding to the constraints,

including discussion on how to develop lower wind-speed sites, lessons from more mature energy industries, and

new commercial opportunities for developers.

Session Chair / Moderator: Vanessa Kellogg, EDP Renewables North America LLC

Sean Finnerty, Senior Vice President, Competitive Power Ventures, Inc.

Developing Prospects in Lower Wind-Speed Sited vs. Typical Development Practices

Dick Williams, President, Shell Wind Energy

A Unified Energy Industry: Advantages to Learning from Oil and Gas

Matt DaPrato, Senior North American Wind Analyst, IHS Emerging Energy Research


Wind Developers Respond to Demand Constrained Environment

Erik Swenson, Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

Commercial Agreements between Wind Projects and Electric Cooperatives

Edward Zaelke, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP

Pre-Paid PPAs in Today's Market - Using Today's Lower Interest Rates to Secure Power Sales

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate

Opening Scientific Session: Science Moving the Wind Industry (1C)

(Room B309 – Transmission Track)

Begin your wind energy education with the latest research, and prepare to maximize wind as a viable, reliable, and

competitive energy source. Hear from expert panelists on their perspectives in key wind energy areas, followed by

a moderated discussion on research techniques, challenges, and results.

Moderator: Bill Erdman, BEW Engineering, Inc.

Jose Zayas, Program Manager, Wind and Water Power Program, U.S. Department of Energy

DOE Update on Research Efforts both Land-based and Offshore

Sally Yozell, Director of Policy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

NOAA Partnership with America’s Wind Industry

Roger Schonewald, Manager of Technology External Programs, GE Energy/ AWEA Research & Development

Committee Representative

AWEA R&D Committee Updates

Barry Butler, Executive Vice President and Provost, University of Iowa / AWEA Research & Development

Committee Representative / AWEA Board of Directors

Industry Research Needs

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate

Critical Topics Currently Influencing Resource Assessment (1D)

(Room B312 – Resource Assessment Track)

Speakers present the latest findings on critical topics currently facing resource assessment professionals, including

research on atmospheric stability and its effects on turbine power performance, examination of measured wakes

from operational data, and comparison of different synthetic long-term reference data sources.

Session Chair: Clint Johnson, Senior Vice President – North America, GL Garrad Hassan

Moderator: Geoff Brown, Director, Wind Resource Assessment, Element Power US LLC

Tony Rogers, Senior Engineer, DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability

Atmospheric Stability Effects on Turbine Power Performance

Spencer Alexander, Operations Engineer, RES Americas, Inc.

Wake Loss Magnitude and Propagation Characteristics for Two Operating Sites

Wiebke Langreder, Head Global Wind & Site Competence Center (Interim), Suzlon Energy A/S

Meso-scale products - a consumer test

Axel Albers, Managing Director, Windguard North America, Inc.

Status Quo of Lidar/Sodar: How to Gain Acceptance for Remote Sensing

Education Level of Your Session: Advanced


Community Wind: A Diversified and Promising Sector (1E)

(Room B314 – Community & Distributed Wind Track)

The appeal and potential of community wind is becoming more evident. With a recent push in policy, development

expertise, and collaboration from many stakeholders, community wind has an increasingly favorable future. These

wind projects bring more jobs and economic stimulus to a community, play a significant role in creating a shared

sense of local sustainability, and pave the way for community support that may lead to larger wind projects. This

session will explore the many facets of community wind, and offer expert answers to this expanding industry’s

pressing questions.

Session Chair / Moderator: Chad Tady, Suzlon Wind Energy Corporation

Stephen Krebs, Vice President, OwnEnergy, Inc.

Take a Chance on Me: Collaboration between Community Wind & Supply Chain

Weselley Slaymaker, President, WES Engineering Inc.

CGWF LLC Innovative Public/Private Partnership 5 MW Wind Project in Wisconsin

Paul White, President, Project Resources Corporation

Sale-Leasback Finance Structure

Chris Diaz, Senior Vice President - Renewable Energy, Seminole Financial Services

Financing Community Wind – Structures that Work

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate

Monday, June 4 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Bringing Wind Energy to the Southeast (2A)

(Room B401/ 402 – Market Updates Track)

Traditionally, the Southeast U.S. has not been known for its sufficient wind resources. However, several developers

recently announced projects, or expressed interest in development, in North Carolina. As a result, more wind and

transmission projects are developing throughout the Southeast. These commitments, along with dramatic

advancements in turbine and blade technology, are changing the region’s past perception. Session panelists

discuss current and proposed projects, technology, assessment, utilities, and more.

Session Chair: Christy Omohundro, AWEA

Moderator: Henry Campen, Partner, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

Chris Hansen, General Manager, Power Origination, Tennessee Valley Authority

How TVA is Bringing Wind Energy to Their Customers in the Southeast or

Utility Strategies for Wind Power – Case Studies

Owen Smith, Managing Director, Renewable Strategy & Compliance, Duke Power

Wind Assessment in 2011 IRP

Jimmy Glotfelty, Executive Vice President, Clean Line Energy Partners

HVDC Transmission Lines Can Provide Cost-Effective Renewable Energy for the Southeastern

United States

Frank Costanza, Executive Vice President of Business Development, Tradewind Energy LLC

Developing Projects in Alabama, Tennessee and other Southeastern Region

Dave Groberg, Vice President, Invenergy

Developer Perspective on Developing Wind Projects in the Southeast

Education Level: Intermediate


POWER SESSION: International Wind Energy Update (2B)

(Room B407 – Project Development Track)

Leading wind energy experts from around the world provide valuable information regarding wind energy growth and

market expansion in their geographical areas. Attend this multifaceted session to get international insight on wind

energy development, current statistics, international policy, and market drivers that prepare you for expanding your

wind business reach outside the U.S.

Session Chair / Moderator: Stephen Miner, Senior Vice President of Conference, Membership and Business

Development, American Wind Energy Association

Klaus Rave, Chairman, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)

Global Overview of Wind Markets Update

Jacopo Moccia, Head of Policy Analysis, European Wind Energy Association (EWEA)

European Markets Update

Robert Hornung, President, Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)

A Status Report on Wind Energy Development in Canada

Lauro Fiuza, President, Brazilian Wind Energy Association (ABE Eolica)

Updates on Brazilian Markets

Education Level: Intermediate

Operation Transmission: Plugging Wind Into America (2C)

(Room B309 – Transmission Track)

From the Southeast to the Northwest and places in between, wind power transmission connects energy to the

nation. This session delves into both technical and business topics, and provides regional perspectives on utilities,

transmission and generation developers, and state regulators.

Session Chair / Moderator: Kevin Gresham, VP, Regulatory Affairs & Transmission, E.ON Climate &

Renewables North America

Lawrence Willick, Senior Vice President, LS Power Development, LLC

Transmission Optimization Study for Western Wind

Larry Eisenstat, Energy Practice Leader/Partner, Dickstein Shapiro LLP

New Interconnection Products that make use of Existing Underutilized Capacity

Brendan Kirby, Consultant, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

System Operator Scheduling of Storage to reduce Wind Integration Costs

Chris Shugart, Pattern Energy Group LP

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate

Modeling and Measurement – Current Advances in the State of the Art (Scientific) (2D)

(Room B312 – Resource Assessment Track)

This session pulls together two key concepts to wind resource assessment; modeling the wind flow, and measuring

the wind speed. The first two presenters show how numerical wind flow models can be used to predict stabilityinduced

wind patterns in complex terrain, and how atmospheric stability affects turbine power performance. A panel

discusses wind tunnel calibration of anemometers, and state-of-the-art treatment for blockage and off-axis flow


Session Chair / Moderator: Dan Bernadett, Chief Engineer, AWS Truepower


Julie Lundquist, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder

Wind Turbine Power Collection Affected By Atmospheric Stability

James Bleeg, CFD Team Leader, GL Garrad Hassan

Modeling Stable Thermal Stratification and Its Impact on Wind Flow Over Topography

Svend Ole Hansen, Director, Svend Ole Hansen ApS

Wind Tunnel Calibration of Cup Anemometers

Education Level of Your Session: Advanced

Economic Value of Distributed Wind (2E)

(B314 – Community & Distributed Wind Track)

Distributed wind possesses a great amount of economic value and presents a series of opportunities within several

sectors and programs. Panelists detail the strengths and weaknesses as well as the successes and challenges

being faced by distributed wind within the agricultural and educational sectors, in preparing state and federal grant

applications, and within the general wind market. Specific attention is given to risk management and cutting utility

costs within the agricultural sector, new trends involving international certification and reciprocity, requirements for

certification by incentive programs, and the ongoing project development and academic activities of the Arizona

Wind for Schools project’s work with Native American schools.

Session Chair / Moderator: Brett Pingree, Vice President, America's, Northern Power Systems

Brent Summerville, Technical Director, Small Wind Certification Council

On the Road to Product Quality

Adam Venn, Regional Director, Northern Power Systems

Creative Options for a Diverse Market

Stephanie Savage, Energy Project Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

DW Energy Policy What’s Working and what's not?

Karin Wadsack, Renewable Energy Program Coordinator, Northern Arizona University

Workforce Development Through Education and Rural Communities

Suzanne Tegen, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Local and Economic Impacts of DW

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate

Technology Updates - An Academic Perspective (2F)

(Room B403 – Academic Track)

Industry leaders use recent technological advancements to improve all aspects of wind energy. Today’s technology

can help predict regional wind capacity, maximize generation and storage, overcome power constraints, and so

much more. This academic perspective provides several quantitative analyses and methodical reviews of the

advantages and disadvantages of some of the newest and most innovative technical studies. Session topics

include improving wind resource assessment, distribution systems with mixed-integer non-linear optimization,

updates on rules and protocols with an overview of ERCOT and SPP grid codes affecting transmission grid

connectivity, and three prominent floating wind turbine concepts.

Moderator: Larry Jacobs, Project Manager, NRG Systems, Inc.

Etenia Ponder, Graduate Student, Ohio University

Wind Power Predictions based on the Uncertainty of Linear Wind Speed Correlations

Dulan Weerasinghe, Graduate Student, Kansas State University


Maximizing Renewable Distributed Wind Generation and Storage in a Distribution System

with Mixed-Integer non-Linear Optimization

Richard Walker, Instructor, Texas Tech University

Wind Turbine Grid Integration and Model Validation in ERCOT and SPP

Andrew Goupee, Research Assistant Professor, University of Maine

Model Testing of the Coupled Aero-Hydro-Elastic Response of Three Floating Wind

Turbine Concepts

Monday, June 4 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Decisive Policy: Expanding the U.S. Wind Energy Industry (3A)

(Room B401/ 402 – Market Updates Track)

This session covers federal energy, tax, and environmental policy developments as they affect demand for wind

energy. The panel discusses tax credits and how they may fare in budget and tax reform battles in Washington,

and possible changes in tax policy such as Master-Limited Partnerships. The session also covers EPA regulations

on coal plants, the Renewable Electricity Standard (RES), and the Clean Energy Standard (CES).

Session Chair / Moderator: Julia Bovey, First Wind

Christopher Chwastyk, VP, Federal Legislative Affairs, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

Christine Tezak, Director, Senior Energy & Environmental Policy Analyst, Robert W. Baird & Co.,

PTC prospects and Washington policy environment

Richard Glick, Director, Government Affairs, Iberdrola Renewables

National CES Prospects and Design

Joe Mikrut, Capitol Tax Partners

Master-Limited Partnerships, tax reform as they may help or hurt wind incentives.

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate

Opportunities in the U.S. – Growth and Expansion (3B)

(B407 – Project Development Track)

With an increase in the number of international businesses branching into the U.S., there are numerous

opportunities being created that domestic wind energy companies can, and should, take advantage of. This session

includes prominent international professionals who discuss their business models, experiences in the U.S.

marketplace, and available business opportunities, and consultants who provide market updates and analysis.

Session Chair/ Moderator: Jeff Anthony, Director of Business Development, AWEA

Feng Zhao, Senior Consultant, Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Update of Chinese Wind Power Markets and Players

Rimtaig Lee, Chairman, Korea Wind Energy Industry Association

Energy Mix Trend Worldwide After the Fukishima Nuclear Accident

Pramod Jain, President, Innovative Wind Energy, Inc.

Opportunities and Challenges of Wind Development in Asia, not including China & India.

Tim Rosenzweig, CEO, Goldwind USA

Case Study – Goldwind’s Entrance to U.S. Market

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate


Technical Challenges for Wind Plant Interconnections (3C)

(Room B309 – Transmission Track)

Wind plants pose various technical challenges as it relates to interconnection. Presenters in this session will

investigate and discuss these challenges, including voltage control, subsynchronous interactions, frequency

regulation requirements, and application of wind plant dynamic simulation models.

Session Chair / Moderator: Ernst Camm, Principal Engineer-PSS, S&C Electric Company

Robert Nelson, Manager of Codes, Standards and Regulations, Siemens Wind Turbines - Americas

Voltage Control with Full-Converter Wind Turbines

Reigh Walling, Director, Energy Consulting, GE Energy

Avoidance of Wind Turbine Subsynchronous Interaction with Series-Compensated

Transmission Lines

Julian Langstädtler, International Grid Code Requirements/Business Development, FGH Research

Association - German Research Institute

Dynamic stability analysis of wind farms according to German standards: Advantages and

problems of aggregated models

Hala Ballouz, President, Electric Power Engineers, Inc.

Primary Frequency Response Requirements for Wind Generators: What are the Technical


Education Level of Your Session: Advanced

Prepare for the Best: Resource Assessment at 100 GW (3D)

(Room B312 – Resource Assessment Track)

If industry targets for wind project installations are realized, the fundamental nature of wind resource assessments

will change drastically between now and five years from now. Panelists leading this session will disclose what U.S.

resource assessment might look like at 100,000 MW, question traditional measurement techniques, and discuss

how wake models will capture the effects of these mega-developments. Other topics include high-density wind

project optimization, resource assessment as it related to project financing, and utility and grid operator


Session Chair / Moderator: Clint Johnson, Senior Vice President – North America, GL Garrad Hassan

Michael Brower, Principal & Chief Technical Officer, AWS Truepower

Andrew Oliver, Senior Vice President, Technical & Commercial Analysis, Renewable Energy Systems

Americas Inc.

Kevin Walter, Director of Meteorology, TradeWind Energy, LLC

Eric White, JP Morgan

Chris Ziesler, SVP, Meteorology and Wind Analysis, Wind Capital Group

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate

Real World Impacts of Distributed Wind (3E)

(Room B314 – Community & Distributed Wind Track)

This session demonstrates the strength and value that Distributed Wind brings to our economy, and its contribution

to the entire wind market. Using real world examples, expert speakers examine the importance of distributed wind’s

role in emerging and domestic markets, and best practices in financing projects and vendor partnerships. Of special


interest, the session assesses the power of the federal market and the steps that are being taken to embrace wind

within our armed forces.

Session Chair: Brett Pingree, Vice President, America's, Northern Power Systems

Moderator: Brennen McLean, Vice President Regulatory Affairs and Market Development, Endurance Wind


Kevin Schulte, CEO, Sustainable Energy Development

Diversity of Technology- Power Curve and Price Point

Pierre Pesnel, Marketing and Sales Director, VERGNET

How to Select Your Turbine Vendor

Rose Forbes, Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment (AFCEE) / Massachusetts Military

Reserve (MMR)

DW Federal Sector Developments

Andy Kruse, Vice President, Southwest Windpower

Emerging International Markets

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate

Wind Turbine Components & Structures- An Academic Perspective (3F)

(Room B403– Academic Track)

The industry has seen vast improvements in wind turbine components and structures over recent years.

Advancements have eliminated the need for site soil improvement, reduced associated costs, enhanced structural

and aerodynamic performance, lowered maintenance costs, increased life expectancy, and reduced adverse

aerodynamic effects. Panelists provide attendees with leading technical and commercial points of view, while

analyzing innovative concepts such as hybrid onshore wind turbines, drive train concepts, biplane airfoils for wind

turbine blades, and dynamic stall and implementation of passive flow control design.

Moderator: Debarshi Das, Manager, Commercial Technology, Clipper Windpower, LLC

Frank Dahlhaus, Professor of Civil Engineering & Geotechnical Advisor, GICON - Grossmann Ingenieur

Consult GmbH

Innovative foundation for onshore wind energy turbines

Phillip Chiu, Graduate Researcher, UCLA

Aerodynamic Performance of Biplane Airfoils for Wind Turbine Blades

Jamie Weber, Graduate Student, Texas A&M Department of Aerospace Engineering

Mitigation of Dynamic Stall on Wind Turbine Blades via Passive Flow Control

Tuesday, June 5 8:30 am – 10:00 am

WINDPOWER 2012 - General Session

(Thomas B. Murphy Ballroom)

AWEA Board Chair Messages

Wind Industry Leaders Panel Discussion

Tuesday, June 5 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Policy Outlook from State Policy Makers (4A)


(Room B401/ 402 – Finance Track)

State policy is a critical and constant driver for wind demand, and provides cues and incentives for transmission

development to windy regions throughout the U.S. Policy makers play key roles in setting a policy regime to allow

for wind development, so it’s important that members and advocates of the industry, as well as organizations that

support the industry and its workforce, work effectively within these legislative and regulatory realms. This panel will

highlight and explore state level policy issues including property tax treatment of wind turbines, power purchase

agreement incentives or directives, siting rules and geographic preference of generation and jobs, as well as other

key topics. Speakers will also discuss what policy makers need from us to serve the industry better, and to address

key issues and political challenges that effect our growing industry.

Session Chair: Susan Williams Sloan, AWEA

Moderator: Kevin Lynch, Director, Policy and Regulation, Iberdrola Renewables

Lisa Schwartz, Senior Associate, The Regulatory Assistance Project

Western Regional Outlook

Speaker TBA, Eastern Regional Outlook

Tanuj Deora, Director, Governor’s Energy Office, Colorado

State Administrative Perspective

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate

The Finance Track is sponsored by Chadbourne & Parke and Troutman Sanders

Siting Impact Assessments: Addressing Pre- and Post-Construction Due Diligence (4B)

(Room B407 – Siting Track)

The industry continues to be challenged by an increasing frequency and intensity of concerns about wind energy

impacts. Siting has become both an art and science: predicting the impacts a project may pose to the natural and

human environment; and managing the expectations of a project’s accomplishments post-construction

predictions. This panel of experts will present the latest understanding of these issues, the results of related testing,

how policy makers and industry are attempting to address them, and attempt to separate fact from fiction on the

most pressing of issues currently facing the industry.

Session Chair: Stu Webster, Iberdrola Renewables

Moderator: Derek Rieman, EDPR

Mark Bastasch, CH2M Hill

Human Health Impact

Michelle Sonnenberg, Biometrician, WEST, Inc.

Cost-effective Post-construction Monitoring Study Approaches

Aaron Courtney, Attorney, Stoel Rives LLP

The Changing Landscape of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers CWA Section 404 Permitting

Yuki Hamada, Geospatial Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory

An Individual-Based Model to Assess the Cumulative Impacts of Wind Energy Development on

Greater Sage-Grouse

Education Level of Your Session: Advanced

Critical Wind Power Topics for Electric Utilities (4C)


(Room B309 – Utility Track)

Fortunately for the wind energy industry, utilities are increasing their efforts to bring higher levels of wind power to

their systems. This session offers the latest perspectives and updates on critical issues including wind integration,

wind forecasting, integrating wind energy into RTO markets, curtailment issues, market prices, and long-range

generation planning/IRP efforts.

Session Chair/Moderator: Kim Zuhlke, Utility Outreach Consultant, AWEA

Mark Bollinger, Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Revealing the Long-Term Value of Wind through a Review of Forward-Looking PPA Prices

Matthew Thibodeau, Senior Management Consultant, Sargent & Lundy, LLC

Integrated Resource Planning For Utilities

Speaker TBA

Southern Utilities Seize Renewable Energy Opportunities

Charlie Smith, Executive Director, Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG)

How Real-Time Wind Integration is Working for Electric Utilities Today Across the U.S.

Education Level of Your Program: Advanced

On Land and In the Water – What does the Future Hold for Construction, Transportation & Logistics? (4D)

(Room B312 – Supply Chain Track)

Only with efficient and innovative transportation, logistics, and construction systems can we significantly lower the

installed cost of wind energy in the U.S. This session highlights state-of-the-art construction techniques, the unique

aspects of construction, transportation, and logistics in the offshore wind industry, and the efforts of AWEA’s

Transportation & Logistics Working Group in creating a transportation guide for moving large wind turbine

component parts throughout the U.S by rail, truck, or barge.

Session Chair / Moderator: Tom Maves, Deputy Director, Manufacturing and Supply Chain, American Wind

Energy Association

Gary Kowaleski, Logistics Director, Suzlon Wind Energy

Comprehensive US Wind Energy Transportation Guide

Julian Bell, Signal Energy

Southeastern Perspective

Michael Graska, Vectora Transportation

Complexities of North American Trans Border Wind Logistics

Education Level of Your Program: Intermediate

Wind Turbine Gear Design (4E)

(Room B314 – Turbine Design Track)

Continuing study and research in the design and testing of gearboxes remains an important topic in the

sustainability of wind power. Although the current trend appears to be direct-drive potential, advancements in

gearbox design tools remain relevant. This session focuses on several innovative concepts, and presents leading

edge studies to provide critical insights to gearbox performance resulting from constantly improving analyses


Session Chair / Moderator: Joe Stevens, AES Wind Generation, Inc.


Brian McNiff, President, McNiff Light Industry

Gearbox Reliability Collaborative: Designing, Testing, and Modeling or Reliability

Kazuhiko Yokoji, Manager, Nabtesco Corporation

Ring and Pinion Gear Engagement Analysis for Gear Tooth Design

Alex Byrne, Senior Controls Engineer, DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability

Torque-Induced Shaft Misalignment as a Potential Source of Gearbox High-Speed Bearing Failure

Yongle Song, Chief Engineer, Sinowind Technology Ltd/Chongqing Wangjiang Industrail Co. Ltd

Effects of Manufacturing and Assembly Errors on Planetary Gear Load Distribution

Education Level of Your Session: Advanced

The Turbine Design Track is sponsored by Moventas

Tuesday, June 5 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Project Finance Market Update and Outlook (5A)

(Room B401/ 402 – Finance Track)

Project finance markets influence several aspects of the broader wind market, and with the end of 1603, future

funding may be challenging. Leading capital providers discuss the state of the market in debt and tax equity,

explore the off-take arrangements that impact project finance, and look ahead to the policy changes that will

influence project development.

Session Chair / Moderator: Randolph Mann, Vice President, Wind Development, Edison Mission Energy

John Eber, Managing Director-Energy Investments, JP Morgan Capital Corporation

Tax Equity Market Update

Thomas Emmons, Rabobank

Project Debt Market Update

James Murphy, Invenergy

State Of Financial Markets From A Large Developer’s Perspective

Keith Martin, Partner, Chadbourne & Parke

Evolving structures: the search for lower cost capital

Education Level of Your Session: Advanced

The Finance Track is sponsored by Chadbourne & Parke and Troutman Sanders

Eagles and Bats: The Intersection of Policy and Science (5B)

(Room B407 – Siting Track)

The wind energy industry continues to be challenged by state and federal agencies’ development of guidelines,

policies, requirements, and recommendations related to wildlife impacts. Recently, focus has been directed to

golden and bald eagles, and bats. This session brings noted biological and policy experts together to compare the

science regarding wind energy’s impact on this wildlife, and discuss key policy efforts that rely upon this science to

provide information about what is and is not known about true impacts on these species.

Session Chair / Moderator: Stu Webster, Iberdrola Renewables

Laura Nagy, Natural Resources Discipline Lead, Tetra Tech

EAGLE TECHNICAL: Eagle Fatalities in the United State: Data, Data Gaps, and Implications


Michael Morgante, Avian Studies Manager, Ecology & Environment, Inc.

EAGLE POLICY: Navigating the USFWS Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance: Exposure Modeling

with Implications to Survey and Permit Approaches

Jeff Gruver, Research Biologist, WEST, Inc.

BATS TECHNICAL: Understanding and Managing Uncertainty in Bat Echolocation Data Used in

Assessing Risk at Wind Energy Facilities

Steve Quarles, Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP

BATS POLICY: Legal and Policy Perspective on Bat/Wind Energy Interactions

Education Level of Your Session: Advanced

Long-Term Wind Power Contracts and State Policies (5C)

(Room B309 – Utility Track)

Long-term contracts between wind developers and energy suppliers and/or utility investments in wind are critically

important to the development and cost effectiveness of new wind resources. The regulatory regimes in each state

vary with respect to contract approval and cost recovery. A panel of diverse wind market experts discusses the

status of long-term contract and investment initiatives in various states.

Session Chair / Moderator: Jay Godfrey, Managing Director, Renewable Energy American Electric Power

Commissioner Robert S. Kenney, Public Service Commission

The Regulators View of Long-Term Wind Energy Contracts

David Drescher, Vice President of Wind Energy, Exelon Corp.

Wind Developers and PPAs to Serve Electric Utilities

Wayne Walker, Director, Business Development, Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company - OGE

Oklahoma Gas & Electric - Wind Growth and Consumer Benefits

Bryan Hannegan, Vice President, Environment and Renewables, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) –

Wind Energy PPAs in a Portfolio of Electric Utility Generating Options

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate

Wind Turbine Supply Chain Opportunities and Challenges (5D)

(Room B312 – Supply Chain Track)

In today’s unpredictable and dynamic supply chain market, wind energy companies must remain competitive by

understanding current global market information, redefining opportunities, and advocating for the correct industry

market drivers. This session provides invaluable information, analysis, and different perspectives on how to

succeed in the wind industry.

Session Chair / Moderator: Ed Weston, Director, GLWN

Aris Karcanias, Navigant Consulting

Global Status, Threats And Opportunities In The International Wind Supply Chain

Tom Waggoner, Director, Supply Chain, Acciona

Achieving Supply Chain Success in an Unpredictable Wind Industry

Bill Berghoff, Danotek Motion Technologies

Evolving the Supply Chain as a Wind Industry Start-up Company

James Buddelmeyer, Vice President of Purchasing, Gamesa

Addressing Competitiveness in the US Wind Industry to Allow for Long-Term Growth

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate


Full-Scale Wind Turbine Testing and Validation (5E)

(Room B314 – Turbine Design Track)

Testing of load predictions and structural performance of full-scale wind turbines in their actual conditions is very

uncommon. This session discusses full-scale wind turbine technology, and shares practices and data to improve

knowledge of standardization of wind turbine control, structural, and mechanical designs. Panelists present

validation, testing, and reliability assessments from four independent platforms nationwide, as well as results from

various turbine testing.

Session Chair / Moderator: Rolando E. Vega, Ph.D., P.E.

Albert Fisas, Director Innovation NAM, ALSTOM Power Inc.

Hybrid Structural Validation of a 1.67 MW Wind Turbine in Operation in the Great Plains

Garret Bywaters, Director of System Engineering, Northern Power Systems

Design and Field Experience for the NPS 2.3MW Direct Drive Turbine

Allan Wright, Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Advanced Control Strategies for Onshore and Offshore Wind Turbines

James Tuten, Project Manager, Clemson University Restoration Institute

Project Manager Drivetrain Testing Facility

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate

The Turbine Design Track is sponsored by Moventas

Performance, Profitability & Reliability - An Academic Perspective (5F)

(Room B403 – Academic Track)

Now more than ever, efficiency and cost-effectiveness are critical to successful operations. Improving wind turbine

performance, profitability, and reliability can dramatically reduce operational and maintenance costs, and decrease

the overall cost of energy. Panelists in this session present attendees with expert research and supplementary case

studies on state-of-the-art online oil condition monitoring technologies, various vibration control mechanisms, new

accurate and simplistic methods for balancing rotors, and the advantages of installing advanced full-flow filters in


Moderator: Phil Stiles, Renewable Energy System Operations Manager, Acciona Energy North America

David He, Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

Development of On-line Lubrication Oil Condition Monitoring and Degradation Detection Tools for

Wind Turbines

Akwasi Mensah, PhD Student/ Research Assistant, Rice University

Reliability-Based Design of a Vibration Control System for Wind Turbines

Derek Simon, Graduate Student, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Balancing Wind Turbine Rotors

William Needelman, Chief Science Advisor, Donaldson Company, Inc.

Field Experiences Improving Wind Turbine Gearbox Lubrication Systems with Advanced Filtration

Tuesday, June 5 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

How to Finance Wind Projects (6A)

(Room B401/ 402 – Finance Track)


The route to successful wind project development has become longer, riskier, and more expensive. In this

challenging environment, project developers are tapping into new and alternative sources of capital to fund the

development process. This session explores the innovative approaches, tools, and techniques used to obtain

funding for project development.

Session Chair: Randy Mann, Vice President, Development, Edison Mission Energy

Moderator: Paul Holshouser, Senior Financial Analyst
 , American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

TBA, Financing Project Development - Prospective from Financial Investor

TBA, Financing Project Development Via Alternate Route - Prospective from Financial Investor

TBA, Financing Development with Investments from Strategic Owner/Operators

Ray Henger, Chief Financial Officer, OwnEnergy, Inc.

Capital sources and structures for project financing mid-sized wind farms (20-80 MW’s)

Education Level of Your Session: Advanced

The Finance Track is sponsored by Chadbourne & Parke and Troutman Sanders

Community Toolbox: Overcome Wind Energy Opposition at the Community Level (6B)

(Room B407 – Siting Track)

Poll after poll shows wide support for wind energy in the U.S., but unfortunately, developers face increasing

opposition from local communities fed by misunderstanding and exaggeration. This session provides new research

from NREL on evaluating the market impacts of social acceptance of wind energy, a framework for developing

community support for wind projects, and positive community wind project case studies. At the end of this session

you will have new tools in your NIMBY toolbox to help ease community opposition to your next project.

Session Chair / Moderator: Amy Berry, Acciona Wind Energy USA, LLC

Ian Baring Gould, Technology Deployment Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Managing and Evaluating the Market Impacts of the Social Acceptance of Wind Energy

Richard Delaney, Principal Consultant / Trainer, Delaney & Associates Inc.

From Energy Security to Nimbyism - Community Engagement Bridging the Gap

Philip Warburg, Author, Harvest the Wind

Telling the Story: Real People's Voices Bringing Wind Power to Life

Chris Forrest, Vice-President, Communications and Marketing, Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)

Ontario: A Case Study in Addressing Organized Opposition

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate

Utility Strategies for Wind Power: Case Studies (6C)

(Room B309 – Utility Track)

Experts from the leading utilities share case studies, and dissect the latest issues, trends, and business models

related to wind power. Learn how the investor owned and public utilities in the U.S. acquire wind energy, which

utilities use power purchase agreements (PPAs), how those PPAs impact their business, which utilities own wind

projects and how they obtained support for their strategy, and how they plan to operate and maintain their

turbines. Hear best practices and get invaluable insights and perspectives from a panel discussion on various wind

power topics, including experiences, challenges, and successes.

Session Chair / Moderator: Amy Flom, Utility Outreach Consultant, AWEA

1. Mike Bush, Southern Company Generation


2. Aparna Narang, Pacific Gas & Electric

3. Michael Osborne, Austin Energy

4. David Rich, Renewable Energy Development Manager, Nebraska Public Power District -


7. Rick Olesen, VP of Operations and Engineering, Iowa Lakes Electrical Coop

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate

The Role of Wind Power in Economic Development and Jobs Creation (6D)

(Room B312 – Supply Chain Track)

Wind power development – both wind projects and wind turbine manufacturing facilities – provide a myriad of

benefits in terms of strengthening the tax base of communities, increasing jobs in the clean energy sector, and

bringing about economic development and growth in the regions where wind developments occur. This session

explores several aspects of wind power economic development, including the siting of manufacturing facilities, and

the benefits from wind project development and manufacturing facilities.

Session Chair: Jeff Anthony, AWEA

Moderator: Mark Tholke, Vice President, Origination, Southwest Region, enXco, Inc.

Mark Nolte, Director of Business Development, ICAD Group

Best Practices for Locating Wind Energy Manufacturing in the US

Dave Lopez, Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Tourism, Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Partnership - Securing Oklahoma's Energy Future

Elizabeth Umberson, Plant Manager, ZF Wind Power Gainesville, LLC

ZF Case Study on Selecting Gainesville, GA for Their Manufacturing Facility

Jennifer Banks, Wind Energy Project Coordinator, North Carolina Solar Center

North Carolina's Wind Industry Supply Chain Assets

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate

Wind Turbine Blade Design, Analysis, and Manufacturing (Scientific) (6E)

(Room B314 – Turbine Design Track)

New measurement tools have given engineers greater flexibility in designing blades – and the outcome is higher

electricity generation and better aerodynamic characteristics. This advanced session investigates and analyzes

new measurement and process planning tools. The presenters explore the advantages of new innovative and

turbine blade designs, and makes recommendations for addressing failure modes in either the design phase or by

experimental programs.

Session Chair: Marshall Buhl, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Moderator: Dan Brake, Wind Fleet Team Manager, NextEra Energy

Perry Johnson, Graduate student, University of California, Los Angeles

Structural Design of a 100-Meter Multiplane Wind Turbine Blade

Frank Peters, Associate Professor, Iowa State University

Measurement, Analysis and Process Planning for the Layup of Fabrics in Wind Turbine Blades

Find Mølholt Jensen, Chief Technology Officer, Bladena

Scale-up of Wind Turbine Blades – Changes in Failure Type

Education Level of Your Session: Advanced

The Turbine Design Track is sponsored by Moventas


Wednesday, June 6 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Large Wind Turbine Manufacturer Forum Part 1 (7A)

(Room B401/402 – Turbine Track)

This panel, featuring senior executives from the top 10 utility-scale wind turbine manufacturers in the U.S. market,

will feature in-depth discussion of some of today’s most important issues. The topics of the moderated discussion

will include the current market situation and outlook for 2012, issues in supply chain and U.S. manufacturing, global

competitiveness for the U.S. industry and touch on issues such as policy and transmission. This panel discussion

will include both a moderated discussion and questions from the audience.

Turbine Reliability – Lessons from the Real World (7B)

(Room B407 – Turbine Performance Track)

With more wind turbines in operation than ever before, the need to ensure reliability is essential. This session

explores several aspects of turbine reliability with an emphasis on real-world observations from operating projects.

Gain a better understanding of why projects and components underperform or fail, and what really works to keep

wind projects operating as expected.

Session Chair / Moderator: Chris Henderson, DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability

Cathy Syme, Senior Project Manager, Garrad Hassan America, Inc.

What is the Cost of Achieving High Project Availability?

Gerd Ceglarek, Bruel & Kjaer Vibro

5 Years On: Economic Feasibility of Dedicated Condition Monitoring System and Services

Mike Jeffery, President, Complete Wind Corporation

Reducing Turbine Operating costs through comprehensive and targeted Rotor Blade Inspections

Judah Moseson, Director - Technical Services, Infigen Energy

End of Warranty Inspections and Results

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate

Offshore Wind: Can We Create a Viable Market in the U.S.? (7C)

(Room B309 – Offshore Track)

Significant interest and momentum for offshore wind is growing in the U.S., and turbines may soon be installed off

our coasts. Businesses can reduce costs and incentivize the market by shortening timelines, securing financing,

and managing risk offshore. This session explores the vast opportunity for U.S. offshore wind, including the

Southeast, and how to use European best practices here in the America.

Session Chair / Moderator: Laurie Jodziewicz, Director of Permitting and Development, NRG Bluewater Wind

Brian O’Hara, President, North Carolina Offshore Wind Coalition

The “Sleeping Giant”: Offshore Wind in the Southeast

Robert Pontelle, Partner, Alston & Bird, LLP

Understanding the Need for Continued Regulatory and Financial Incentives to Support Offshore


Evan Stergoulis, Partner, Watson, Farley & Williams

Unlocking Large Scale Debt and Equity in a Post-Subsidy World

Nigel Crowe, Director, Project Assurance, PMSS America, Inc.

Lessons Learned in De-Risking Offshore Projects in order to Optimize for Project Finance


Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate

How Does Your EHS Program Measure Up? (7D)

(Room B312 – Wind Deployment Track)

Ensuring workers’ environmental, health, and safety (EHS) is a challenge that many industries face; in the wind

industry, job site EHS is critically important. During this session, attendees receive a deeper understanding of

environmental compliance, learn leading indicators to improve safety performance, and hear how the wind industry

needs to implement these programs.

Session Chair / Moderator: Grayling Vander Velde, Duke Energy

Charlene Wilcox, Senior Client/Project Manager, RMT, Inc.

Environmental Compliance Monitoring on Wind Farms

Rick Kroon, Vice President, Sustainability, Vestas Americas

Wind Industry Safety – Issues and Opportunity

Todd Karasek, Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety, Suzlon Wind Energy Corporation

Let Leading Indicators Lead Your Employees to Better Safety Performance

Brian Sturtecky, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA Updates

Manny Sanchez, Vice President, Wind Operations, NextEra Energy Resources

Education Level: Intermediate

Investigating Advanced Wind Forecasting Techniques (Scientific) (7E)

(Room B314 – Integration Track)

Accurate long-term and short-term wind forecasting is essential to integrate large amounts of wind. Traditional

forecasting techniques need to be modified to forecast boundary area winds at today’s wind project hub heights.

This session discusses the critical need for accurate forecasting and showcases techniques for adequately

forecasting lower atmospheric wind.

Session Chair / Moderator: Jim Blatchford, Lead Renewable Integration Specialist, CAISO

Catherine Meissner, Software Development Manager, WindSim AS

Forecasting the energy Production using Mesoscale Simulations, Neural Networks and CFD


Craig Collier, Senior Meteorologist, Garrad Hassan

The Application of Regional Tall-Tower Telemetry for Enhanced Short-Term Wind Power

Forecasts and Ramp Detection

John Zack, Director of Forecasting, AWS Truepower, LLC

Impact of Targeted Observations, Advanced Modeling & Data Assimilation Techniques on Wind

Forecast Performance in Texas.

Dora Nakafuji, Director of Renewable Energy Planning, Hawaiian Electric Company

Operationalizing WindNET: A Short-term, ramp Event Wind Forecasting Capability for Utilities.

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate

Wednesday, June 6 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Large Wind Turbine Manufacturer Forum Part 2 (8A)


(Room B401/402 – Turbine Track)

Description and Speakers TBD

Education Level of Your Session: Advanced

Performance and Reliability (Scientific) (8B)

(B407 – Turbine Performance Track)

Lowering operations and maintenance (O&M) costs and maintaining safety standards improves the overall expense

of wind projects. Expert panelists review historical O&M costs, identify emerging trends, and show how modern

analytical algorithms and tools help make more tactical O&M choices. They will also delve into the inner workings of

the estimation procedure, review simple models for acquiring turbulence effects on turbine power, explain

customized predictive maintenance strategies for optimizing turbine service life, and show how to use data to

improve wind farm reliability and availability.

Session Chair / Moderator: Robert Sherwin, EAPC Wind

Emil Hedevang, Industrial PhD student, Siemens

Estimation of wind turbine power curves from high frequency data

Sameer Vittal, Engineering Technical Leader – Analytics, GE Energy

Pervasive analytics approaches for improving the reliability, operations, and maintenance of

wind farms

Summer DeRuyter, Research Director, California Energy & Power

Understanding O&M costs, historic trends….

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate

Integrated Risks for Offshore Wind: A Broad-based Research Perspective (8C)

(Room B309 – Offshore Track)

The offshore wind industry in the U.S. is poised to become a significant economic driver in the energy sector. Rapid

deployment mechanisms have begun to take shape through partnerships between government, industry, and

academia, but there are still many research needs. This panel examines the science, technology, engineering, and

policy issues that apply to offshore wind, providing a comprehensive picture of the integrated risks and potential

avenues for mitigating those risks.

Session Chair / Moderator: Mary Hallisey Hunt, Director, Special Projects, Georgia Tech Strategic Energy


Matthew Filippelli, Lead Engineer, AWS TruePower (or Bruce Bailey),

The Role of Public-Private-Academic Sector Collaboration to Prioritize Met-Ocean Needs

Russell Morgan, Principal, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

Geotechnical Considerations for Offshore Wind Turbines along the US East Coast

John Weiss, Senior Associate, Industrial Economics, Incorporated (IEC)

Principles of Conflict Avoidance and Mitigation for Successful Offshore Wind Energy Development

Roger Rosenqvist, Vice President of Business Development, ABB Inc.

Case Studies of Offshore AC Substations and HVDC Converter Stations

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate

Driving Demand for Wind Energy through Retail Purchasers (8D)


(Room B312 – Wind Deployment Track)

A growing driver for wind energy development is from the retail purchases made by corporations and other entities

around the globe. The new “WindMade” program is intended to recognize and highlight the largest purchasers of

wind energy on a retail level, providing a standard definition for products and services “powered by” wind

energy. Learn how the “WindMade” program works and hear from some of the primary purchasers of wind energy

globally and in the Southern U.S., and discover how these purchases fit into their corporate strategy and how the

wind industry can promote its message through these highly-recognized purchaser leaders.

Grid Integration of Wind: Solving the Technical and Economic Challenges (8E)

(Room B314 – Integration Track)

Regions continue to integrate higher levels of wind energy, but there are still many questions about the cost and

reliability implications. This session focuses specifically on large-scale wind integration issues from a Southeastern

perspective. Learn about the benefits of diversity in the SPP footprint, the effects of wind transfers on reserves,

persistence forecasting, and balancing approaches. In addition, this session explores findings of two recent studies

on integration cost of renewables, and concludes with a discussion of the latest rules and products for

ramping/flexibility, and metrics for promoting grid interoperability, vulnerability, and flexibility.

Session Chair / Moderator: Lavelle Freeman, Principal, GE Energy

Daniel Brooks, Program Manager, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Integrating SPP Wind into Southeast Markets

Debbie Lew, Senior Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

How Does Wind Impact Conventional Generation?

Michael Milligan, Principal Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Integration Costs: Are They Unique to Wind and Solar Energy?

Mark Ahlstrom, Chief Executive Officer, WindLogics, Inc.

New Metrics for Wind Integration in Smarter Grids

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate

Siting, Wildlife & Public Acceptance - An Academic Perspective (8F)

(Room B403– Academic Track)

Wind energy needs public acceptance to reach its full potential; industry and government leaders, as well as the

general public, need to understand the various effects of wind turbines. Research from environmental studies like

displacement and habitat fragmentation, along with economic considerations such as job creation and school

district revenues, must be shared. Panelists in this session explore case studies outlining state and regional

environmental and economic development impacts, sector and market challenges associated with wind

deployment, statewide biodiversity priorities, and analytical data collection software.

David Loomis, Professor of Economics, Illinois State University

The Economic Impact of Wind Energy in Illinois

Jonathan Miles, Professor, James Madison University

Barriers to Wind Development in Virginia: Unsticking a Stuck State

Andrew Farnsworth, Research Associate, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology

Balancing Wind and Wildlife: New data and tools to improve wind project siting for biodiversity


Amanda Hale, Assistant Professor, Texas Christian University

Limited Indirect Effects of Wind Turbines on Resident Birds

Jim Martin-Schramm, Secretary, Luther College Wind Energy Project, LLC


Non-Profit Institutions and Community Wind Projects

Wednesday, June 6 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Drivetrain Technology Options (9A)

(Room B401/402 – Turbine Track)

As turbine sizes continue to increase and current designs are refined, drivetrain concepts and blade technology is

evolving to keep pace with demand, and may even be mainstream a few years from now. This session focuses on

drivetrain and blade technology and concepts, and explores innovative – but not yet mainstream – concepts that

have potential to improve large turbine functionality.

Session Chair: Joe Stevens, AES Wind Generation, Inc.

Moderator: Sandy Butterfield, CEO, Boulder Wind Power, Inc.

Dan Saban, CTO, Danotek Motion Technologies

Cost Effective drivetrains for multi-megawatt wind turbines with medium speed PMG

Thomas Zimgibl, M.Sc., TÜV SÜD America, Inc.

How superconductive generators and wind turbines could go together.


Vladimir Shkolnikov, Principal Investigator, Beltran, Inc.

Advantageous Joining Technology for Modular Blades

Andreas Vath, Development Engineer, Bosch Rexroth AG

Comparison of Drive Train Concepts for Wind Turbines

Education Level of Your Session: Advanced

Power Performance – Observations from the Field (9B)

(Room B407 – Turbine Performance Track)

This session details real-life turbine performance from actual projects. Presenters investigate what tools are

available to measure performance, what can be learned from power curve measurements, and what can be done to

improve performance. Gain an understanding of how to measure and maintain performance.

Session Chair: Chris Henderson, DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability

Moderator: James Madson, Director, Wind Resource, BP Wind Energy

Luke Simmons, Senior Test Engineer, DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability

Lessons Learned From More Than 250 Power Performance Tests

James Snelson, Infigen Energy

Evaluation of the Implementation of a Leading Edge Blade Coating On Power Performance

Gerhard Gerdes, Physicist, Windguard North America, Inc.

Performance through Availability – Maximizing Energy Yield by Optimizing Operations


John Vanden Bosche, Principal Engineer, Chinook Wind

Update on IEC 61400-12 Power Performance Testing Standard

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate


Innovative Research in Offshore Wind Technologies (Scientific) (9C)

(Room B309– Offshore Track)

The evolution and advancement of offshore wind has resulted in additional significant studies; this session focuses

these current and future research applications. Presentations include innovations in large blade design aimed at

reducing weight and cost, offshore wind resource and ecological assessments using buoy-mounted LiDAR, and

innovative advancements in the configuration of floating offshore wind turbines. Presentations target the advanced

scientific and engineering audience.

Session Chair: Mary Hallisey Hunt, Director Special Projects, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Moderator: Susan Stewart, Research Associate, Aerospace Engineering & Architectural Engineering,

The Pennsylvania State University

D. Todd Griffith, Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratory

Challenges and Opportunities in Large Offshore Rotor Development: Sandia 100-meter Blade


Erik Nordman, Assistant Professor, Natural Resources Management, Grand Valley State University, Michigan

Evaluating offshore wind resources and ecological conditions in Lake Michigan using a Nomad

Bouy with LiDAR

Arturo Rodríguez Tsouroukdissian, Technical Leader Coordinator, ALSTOM WIND

Development of a TLP/TLB for Large MW Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

Caleb Gordon, Senior Avian Ecologist, Normandeau Associates

Offshore Wind Wildlife Interactions: A Comprehensive Assessment of the Current Knowledge Base

Education Level of Your Session: Advanced

Emerging Applications and Issues for Wind Power (9D)

(Room B312 – Wind Deployment Track)

Latest advancements in wind energy present new and emerging issues. This session’s panelists explore newly

emerging topics including wind-diesel systems, wind power and energy storage amalgamation, microgrids, and

wind energy’s role in the highly-important issue of water usage in electricity production.

Session Chair / Moderator: Lawrence Jones, ALSTOM

Michael Jacobs, Director, Regulatory and Market Policy, Xtreme Power

Grid Extension with Fast-Responding Storage

Steve Clemmer, Director of Energy Research, Union of Concerned Scientists

Wind and Water: the Water Implications of Low-carbon Electricity Futures in the U.S.

Gregory Price, US Sales Manager, EWT International

Wind-Diesel Global Markets

Javier San-Miguel, Strategic Business Manager, CENER

Robust and Extensive Renewable Energies with Microgrids

Education Level of Your Session: Intermediate

Expanding the Science Behind Wind Integration Analysis (Scientific) (9E)


(Room B314 – Integration Track)

Estimating certainty in short-term power forecasts, and understanding balancing challenges caused by wind are

only two of many critical issues in wind integration analysis. This session’s experienced panelists discuss myriad

advanced topics, including how transmission enhances the adequacy of renewable energy systems, reserve

requirements, allocation mechanism, green gas emissions, and many more.

Session Chair / Moderator: Robert Zavadil, Executive Vice President, EnerNex Corporation

Zhijun (June) Xie, Business Analyst Lead, California Independent System Operator Corporation

Evaluating the Impact of Forecast Error for Wind and Solar Production within the California ISO

Eduardo Ibanez, Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

A Reliability-based Assessment of Transmission Impacts in Systems with Wind Energy

Pengwei Du, Research Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Calculating Individual Resources Variability and Uncertainty Factors

Education Level of Your Session: Advanced

Program Schedule as of March 27, 2012 – Program Subject to Change


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