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AWEA Wind Energy Fall Symposium

November 6 - 8, 2013

Colorado Springs, Colorado

About the Symposium

Tom Kiernan, CEO

What's Next for Wind Energy?

As wind businesses rush to qualify projects for federal tax credits and order turbines by the end of the year, the question we will be turning to at the AWEA Wind Energy Fall Symposium is, "what's next?"

Join the dialogue with AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan on the new Wind Energy Agenda that has been created with AWEA's Board of Directors to achieve a doubling of wind energy generation by 2020. Plus, engage with the U.S. Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory about their recent Wind Vision analysis that will provide a full technological, economic, and policy road map to also double wind energy by 2020, consistent with President Obama's goal, and reach 20% of U.S. electricity from wind by 2030.

Finding the Answer

The Opening General Session will address the question of "what's next?" and open the dialogue on the Wind Energy Agenda and Wind Vision.

Next, it’s your turn. On Thursday, the new Wind Energy Agenda will be presented in the four major areas of activity which are required to successfully attain our industry goal:

  1.  Grow demand through state market development, long-term contracting, utility resource plans and incentives and EPA regulations
  2.  Make wind even more cost competitive with an extension of the production tax credit (PTC), expansion of master limited partnerships (MLPs), and improving the ability to utilize tax credits through alternative monetization options
  3.  Address implementation issues through workable siting policies, including those related to wildlife, sound, and radar, among other issues, and transmission policies and grid operator market rules that promote transmission construction and facilitate the integration of wind energy into the grid
  4.  Harness and enhance the industry’s bipartisan political strength coordinated strategies on lobbying, contributions to candidates’ campaigns through WindPAC, and grassroots advocacy.

This is your chance to see the current version of the agenda when it is first presented and offer your input.

Strategy Sessions

Then on Friday, participate in one of four interactive Strategy Sessions on the DOE Wind Vision. These sessions will provide initial thinking from DOE Wind Vision task force leaders and AWEA experts. Each session will allow attendees to get the latest updates on development in these areas and will be followed by a facilitated open discussion with Symposium attendees to cover the following questions:

  • What is the status of each sector?
  • What progress has been made in each sector in recent years?
  • How have things improved and what lessons have been learned?
  • What challenges remain?
  • What are the ideal solutions and who should be involved with continuing progress?


Finally, the Closing General Session will wrap up and make a cohesive set of conclusions from all the input received on the Wind Energy Agenda and DOE Wind Vision, so that when you return to work, you will be ahead of the curve knowing "what's next" for the U.S. wind energy industry.

We look forward to seeing you in Colorado Springs.


Program Chairs

Karen ConoverKaren Conover
DNV GL - Energy


John PurcellJohn Purcell
Vice President - Wind Energy
Leeco Steel, LLC