AWEA Regional Wind Energy Conference 2018 - Northeast

June 26 - 27, 2018

Portland, Maine


JUNE 26, 2018

Sessions listed side by side are taking place concurrently

8:00 am 

Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:00 am 

Welcome & Opening

9:15 am 

National Wind Update
Celeste Wanner, Research & Analytics, AWEA

9:45 am

Northeast Regional Situation

State and regional energy policy leaders weigh in on the Northeast region’s wind energy policy and deployment status

Moderator: Peter Rothstein, President, Northeast Clean Energy Council
David Littell, Principal, The Regulatory Assistance Project
David Wilby, President, Wilby Public Affairs

10:30 am

Networking Break & Exhibits 

11:00 am 

Generation Options & Competition
in the Northeast

A review of electricity generation technologies and economics in the region and the economic drivers that shape its current and future energy mix.

Moderator: Carrie Gilbert, Senior Consultant, Daymark
Jason Gifford, Sustainable Energy Advantage
Dan Dolan, President, New England Power Generators Association
Aaron Svedlow, President, Northern Light Energy

Developments in Offshore Transmission, Construction, and Operation

America’s first offshore wind farm was commissioned in Rhode Island in 2016 and more projects will be built in the 3 Federal Lease areas off New England’s coast. The panel will focus on developments in Offshore transmission, construction, and operation

Moderator: Joel Whitman, Founder, Whitman Consulting Group

Nick Welz, Senior Marine Scientist, Tetratech
Kevin Pearce, Grid Access Business Development Manager, Siemens Gamesa
Paul Gahm, Executive Vice President, JDR Cables
Kevin Knobloch, President of New York OceanGrid, Anbaric Development Partners

12:15 pm

Networking Lunch & Exhibits 

1:30 pm 

Keep Calm and Carry On:
Land-Based Wind Development
in the Northeast

Participants will discuss the key siting obstacles and opportunities as well as strategies for improving the regulatory climate as each of the New England states including New York, head into the
November 2018 gubernatorial elections

Moderator: Juliet Browne, Partner,
Verrill Dana
Jim Muscato, Partner, Young/Sommer, LLC
Judy Camuso, Wildlife Director,
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
Matt Kearns, Chief Development Officer, Long Road Energy

30 is the new 20: Extending the Life of your Assets

Moderator: Bill Follett, Senior Program Manager, K2 Management

Mike Daigle, 
Manager Operations, Brookfield
Stacy Fitts, Director of Asset Management, Novatus Energy, LLC.
Greg Shelton, Vice President of Business Development, Run Energy

2:45 pm 

Networking Break & Exhibits

3:15 pm

Political Winds - A Wind Resource Assessment

Join regional pollsters and political consultants in a conversation that will help to outline the motives, pressures, and interests behind various New England state efforts at the legislative, executive, and regulatory levels

Moderator: Jeremy Payne
, Executive Director, Maine Renewable Energy Association

Hans Kaiser, Moore Information
Lance Dutson, Red Hill Strategies
David Farmer, Bernstein Shur
Ben Gilman, Senior Government Relations, Maine State Chamber of Commerce

4:00 pm 

Fostering Regional Cooperation  (Day 1 Closing Session)

What needs to be done to align the various State interests in fostering and managing the growth of renewable energy, particularly wind? The panel will look at the mechanisms to foster this cooperation and alignment between the states and their policies, so that all states have the opportunity to participate in the growth of the renewables sector, at their own pace. This panel will also help attendees understand what the base level of cooperation looks like, where there have been challenges, and what needs to be done to move forward.

Moderator: Benjamin Brown, Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative

Peter Toomey, Vice President, Commercial Strategies, TerraForm Power
Dan Bosley, Government Relations Executive, NECEC
Evan Matthews, Executive Director – Connecticut Port Authority
Carol Grant, Commissioner, Office of Energy Resources, State of Rhode Island
Matt Marks, CEO, Associated General Contractors of Maine

4:45 pm -
5:45 pm 

Networking Reception 
Sponsored by Pierce Atwood

After the AWEA reception, join Pierce Atwood at their offices for an extended reception at the Portland Waterfront. Transportation provided. To RSVP, click here

JUNE 27, 2018 

Sessions listed side by side are taking place concurrently

7:30 am 

Networking Breakfast & Exhibits

8:30 am

Policy-Driven Regional Procurements 

Join us for a discussion on what does the future hold for policy-driven regional wind power offtake opportunities in the region. Lessons learned and upcoming opportunities with key sellers, buyers, and market analysts.

Moderator: Bob Grace, Managing Director & President, Sustainable Energy Advantage

Michael Johnson, Commercial Manager, Origination, Innogy Renewables US
Seth Kaplan, Senior Manager, Regional Government Affairs, EDPR
Eric Steltzer, Deputy Director, Renewables Division, Massachusetts
Department of Energy Resources
Carol Grant, Commissioner, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources

9:30 am 

You Can Get There from Here: Transmission in the Northeast

The New England region boasts a number of new transmission projects and ideas, serving a variety of purposes.
This panel will look at transmission solutions, environmental
considerations, and the ISO-New England interconnection process.

Moderator: Paul Williamson,
Senior Development Manager,
APEX Clean Energy
Dale Knapp, Tetra Tech
Jeffrey Fenn, SGC
Rebecca Tepper, Chief of Energy and Telecommunications, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
David Littell, Principal, The Regulatory Assistance Project

The Community Perspective

How view host communities the benefits from wind power development and what do they expect from developers?

Moderator: Elizabeth Swain, Director,  Strategic Communications,
Power Engineers

Steve Steward, Representing the Town of Bingham
Carol Jordan, Former Resident of the Town of Clifton
Peter Mills, Former Maine State Senator from Somerset County

10:30 am

Networking Break & Exhibits 

11:00 am

Wind and Energy Storage

Energy storage is touted as the answer to all things renewable. Insights and discussion on; regulation, development hurdles, policy, and technology will be offered by panelists. Bring your
questions and learn more about this dynamic sector    

Moderator: Lawrence Mott,
Renewable Energy and Technology Professional

Mike Jacobs, Senior Energy Analyst,
Union of Concerned Scientists
Jim Stover, Vice President Business Development, RVB Energy
Andrew Kaplan, Partner, Pierce Atwood

Where Project Finance is concerned,
it’s a Developers Market

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, there is more capital available than renewable energy projects

Moderator: Chris Devlin, Shareholder, Bernstein Shur

Steve Schauer, Managing Director,
KeyBanc Capital Markets
Gary Durden, Managing Director, CohnReznick Capital
Elias Hinckley, Partner, K&L Gates

12:00 pm

Networking Lunch & Exhibits 

1:00 pm

Corporate Purchasing in the Northeast

Moderator: Andrew Price, President & CEO, Competitive Energy Services, LLC
Matt Birchby
, Principal,
Swift Current Energy
Joseph LaRusso, Energy Efficiency & Distributed Resources Finance Manager,
City of Boston

2:00 pm 

Networking Break & Exhibits

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm  

Northeast Wind Futures  (Day 2 Closing Session)

What is the future of New England wind development in an era of clean energy RFP’s, cheap natural gas, Canadian hydro, and an unsteady REC market? This distinguished panel of experts will share their perspectives on the market drivers and the economic and political forces that will shape the course of wind energy growth throughout our region

Moderator: James Avery, Partner, Pierce Atwood
Paul Gaynor, CEO, Longroad Energy
Carol Grant, Commissioner, Office of Energy Resources, State of Rhode Island   
Bradley Campbell, President, Conservation Law Foundation
Thorn Dickinson, Vice President, Business Development – Avangrid

For more information on the agenda, please contact  
Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative 

Agenda updated 6/19/2018