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AWEA Wind Energy Regional Summit - Northeast

March 25 - 26, 2014

Portland, Maine

Today, the Northeast is one of the fastest-growing regions in the U.S. for wind power, boasting an impressive 837 MW from at least 446 turbines -- a growth of 62% from the end of 2011 to today. Advancements in wind turbine technology, strong state policy support, and other significant progress has primed the region for continued growth, which is expected to double in the next several years as more than 814 MW of PPAs signed in 2013 come online.

Are you prepared to profit from this region's unlimited potential?

Whether you're already involved in wind project development in the Northeast, or want to learn more about entering into this region's market, you must attend the AWEA Regional Wind Energy Summit - Northeast. Discuss significant issues related to land-based and offshore wind project development, get expert insight into the region's growth potential, and learn how to position your company for the best return on your investments. From interactive peer-led educational sessions to exclusive networking opportunities, this summit will give you and your company the tools you need to be successful in the Northeast market.

Event highlights

  • Just added! Two pre-Summit, highly-interactive workshops for Summit attendees
  • Two days of concentrated networking, education, and thought-provoking discussion surrounding ONLY the Northeastern U.S. wind energy marketplace 
  • Six compelling educational sessions, including finance and investment, permitting, stakeholder engagement, construction, offshore activity, transmission and interconnectivity, and much more
  • Four designated networking breaks for making valuable connections with your peers and prospective business partners
  • A full house of exhibitors showcasing the latest in products, services, and solutions that are critical to the Northeast wind energy industry  
  • Access to expert speakers and panelists

Regional background

Massachusetts and Connecticut recently implemented procurement legislation that resulted in 814 MW of new long-term wind contracts in New England. Wind is getting built quickly in the region. Policymakers are committed to the acquisition of cost-effective renewables in the region, including additional procurements of long-term wind resources in the future.

In support of these efforts, on December 5, 2013 the six New England Governors issued a statement affirming their commitment to regional cooperation on energy infrastructure issues, stating "The Governors therefore commit to continue to work together, in coordination with ISO-New England and through the New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE), to advance a regional energy infrastructure initiative that diversifies our energy supply portfolio while ensuring that the benefits and costs of transmission and pipeline investments are shared appropriately among the New England States."

Movement in Maine

Jeremy Payne, executive director of the Maine Renewable Energy Association, recently explained to the Portland Press Herald why wind power is the best bet for the state’s renewable energy future:

"...Maine wind farms generated more than 880,000 megawatt-hours, all from the power of the wind... A recent poll showed that support for wind energy is shared by an overwhelming 87 percent of Mainers, who said that it is the kind of clean, emission-free renewable energy that our state should be prioritizing." (Feb. 3, 2014)

Furthermore, last month, the 12-megawatt Maine Aqua Ventus project that is being developed by a consortium that includes the University of Maine, Cianbro, and Emera received a key approval from the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

Program Chair

Paul WilliamsonPaul Williamson
Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative