MEDIA ADVISORY: AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan to join Senate Leader Harry Reid at NV Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas

August 12, 2013

Lindsay North

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, will speak and be available for media interviews tomorrow at the Nevada Clean Energy Summit 6.0 in Las Vegas, hosted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

Kiernan is to speak at 11 am Pacific on Tuesday, on a panel entitled, “From Innovation to Deployment,” moderated by Phyllis Cuttino, director of the Clean Energy Program for Pew Charitable Trusts. Kiernan will join fellow panelists Dr. Arati Prabhakar of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and Apple’s Vice President for Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson, among others. Mr. Kiernan plans to discuss the need for predictable and stable federal and state policies in order for renewable energy like wind energy to continue to drive investment into the U.S. economy and more domestic manufacturing.

The sixth annual National Clean Energy Summit, being held this year at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, brings together clean energy visionaries and leaders, public officials, business executives, energy policy experts, entrepreneurs, investors, citizens, and students, to discuss empowering Americans to develop our massive clean energy supplies, secure greater energy independence, and create jobs.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will keynote, and the other speakers include Maria LaRosa of The Weather Channel, Jon Wellinghoff, Chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and many others. In addition to Sen. Reid, the day-long event is hosted by the Center for American Progress, the Clean Energy Project, MGM Resorts International, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

AWEA will return to Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas next May 5-8, 2014, to hold North America’s largest annual wind power trade show, the WINDPOWER® Conference and Exhibition, and to celebrate the association’s 40th anniversary. Wind energy last year became the leading source of new electric generation in America, with 42 percent of all new capacity installed.

Please contact Lindsay North in AWEA’s press office to request an interview tomorrow at the Nevada Clean Energy Summit, or to request press credentials for WINDPOWER, next May.

AWEA is the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry. We represent 1,000 member companies and over 100,000 jobs in the U.S. economy, serving as a powerful voice for how wind works for America. Members include global leaders in wind power and energy development, turbine manufacturing, and component and service suppliers. They gather each year at the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind power trade show, the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, next in Chicago, Illinois, May 7-10, 2018. Find information about wind energy on the AWEA website. Gain insight into industry issues on AWEA's blog, Into the Wind. And please join us on Facebook, and follow @AWEA on Twitter.