Media Advisory: AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition to highlight achievements

Offshore Wind Energy Industry comes together to discuss 2013’s milestones and development

October 18, 2013

Providence, RI – U.S. offshore wind energy development achieved major milestones in 2013, with several projects in the advanced development stages, two successful competitive lease auctions hosted by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Energy’s major investment in advanced demonstration projects.

The AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, hosted in partnership with the Offshore Wind Development Coalition (OffshoreWindDC), is the premier offshore wind energy event in North America. All aspects of the offshore industry will be on display in the exhibition hall and discussed.

What: AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition

Who:  Leaders from the wind industry coming together for the premier offshore wind energy event in North America.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 22 – Wednesday, Oct. 23

Where: Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI

One Sabin Street, Providence, RI 02903-1814

Time: Opening session begins at 9:30 am on Tuesday, Oct. 22, and closing session ends at 5:00 pm Wednesday, Oct. 23.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan will keynote this year’s AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER event on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 9:30 am. There will be an availability from 11:00 - 11:15 am  in Ballroom E for media wishing to speak with Secretary Jewell and AWEA's CEO Tom Kiernan.

Key federal agency leaders will present during the “Advancing Development through Federal Agency Leadership” session, including:

  • Steven Chalk, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Walter Cruickshank, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
  • Sally Yozell, Director of Policy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Later in the conference, the winners of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Demonstration Project Initiative will be participating in the closing general session, “U.S. DOE Demonstration Awards: Competitive Design to Deployment”.  Learn how these breakthrough projects will help to reduce costs, accelerate permitting timelines, and offer new options for U.S. offshore wind energy. 

View the full, interactive schedule here.

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.