Media Advisory: Press Availabilities at WINDPOWER 2013 May 5-May 8, 2013

Keynotes to include American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Incoming CEO Tom Kiernan, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

May 1, 2013

Chicago, IL, – AWEA will host WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition 2013, beginning on Sunday, May 5, and running through Wednesday, May 8, at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.

Nearly 10,000 wind industry professionals and 600 exhibitors from around the world are registered to attend WINDPOWER 2013 to network, share new technology, and discuss solutions in an ever-changing wind energy industry.

The Opening Session on Monday, May 6 – beginning at 8:30am – will feature Incoming AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, and AWEA Board Chairman Gabriel Alonso of EDP Renewables. A press conference with CEO Kiernan, Mayor Emanuel, Gov. Branstad, and Mr. Alonso will immediately follow the session.

**Please note – all times listed in this schedule are Central Time**

Following is a list of media events:


1. WHAT: Opening session

WHEN: 8:30am-10:00am

WHO: AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

Gabriel Alonso, CEO of EDP Renewables and Chairman of the AWEA Board of Directors

WHERE:Grand Ballroom

2. WHAT: Post-opening session press conference*

WHEN: 10:00am-10:30am

WHO:  AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

Gabriel Alonso, CEO of EDP Renewables and Chairman of the AWEA Board of Directors

WHERE: Rm. S101A or dial in (Contact Dave Georges, 703-302-8385 to find out how to join remotely

3. WHAT:KIDWIND Challenge


WHO: Chicago schoolchildrenWHERE:Museum of Science and Industry

NOTE: 1) Instant Blade Challenge - Students teams (teams no larger than 3 students) that are part of this challenge will be given a box of materials. They will then be challenged to build the best set of blades they can and enter them into the instant blade design competition.

2) Prebuilt Wind Turbine Challenge - Teams that enter this challenge will need to bring a turbine that they have constructed before the event. We will do performance testing at the challenge and teams will also be judged on how they built their turbine.

4. WHAT:Wind Project Component Manufacturing Tour


WHERE:S&C Electric Company

NOTE: Registration is required to participate in the tour. S&C is one of the oldest and largest manufacturers in Chicago and is opening its doors to show how it has become a leader in the implementation of wind power. 


1.WHAT:Wind Industry Leaders Panel



Gabriel Alonso, Chief Executive Officer, AWEA Incoming Chairman- EDP Renewables North America LLC

Susan Reilly, President and Chief Executive Officer- RES Americas

Kevin Walsh, Managing Director, Renewable Energy- GE Energy Financial Services

Paul Gaynor, Chief Executive Officer- First Wind

Ron Widup,President and Chief Executive Officer - Shermco Industries

Tim Rosenzweig, Chief Executive Officer-Goldwind USA

WHERE:Grand Ballroom

2.WHAT:Corporate Purchasers of Wind Panel


WHO: Henrik Kuffner, Chief Executive Officer-WindMade

Gary Demasi, Director of Operations, Global Infrastructure - Google, Inc.

Greg Pool,Senior Manager, Renewable Energy and Emissions - Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Lee Ballin,Sustainability Manager, Global Sustainability Group - Bloomberg

Bill Olson, Director Office of Sustainability and Stewardship - Motorola Mobility LLC

Greg Butler,Global Supply Chain Stewardship Director - The Office of Global Sustainability BD

WHERE: Grand Ballroom

3.WHAT: Post-general session press conference*

WHEN: 10:00-10:30am

WHO: Wind Industry Leaders and Corporate Purchasers of Wind

WHERE: Rm. S101A or dial in (Contact Dave Georges, 703-302-8385 to find out how to join remotely).

4.WHAT:Poster Reception


WHERE:Exhibit Hall A

Note: Check out hundreds of informative poster presentations and connect with the poster authors during this reception in the exhibit hall.


1.WHAT:Leadership Power Hour

WHO:Exhibitors will host their executive-level leaders in their booths for a full hour so they can meet attendees and answer questions.


WHERE:Exhibit Hall Floor

*Dial-in information is available for media.Credentialed members of the media interested in attending the conference or dialing into press events should contact Dave Georges at or (703) 302-8385 for more information.

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