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AWEA Wind Resource & Project Energy Assessment Conference 2016

September 27 - 28, 2016

Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot | Minneapolis, MN

Wednesday, September 27

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Registration Open

1:00 PM -  1:15 PM

Welcome & Opening Session
Program Co-Chair: Brian Healer
, Vice President of Development Services, Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. 

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

State of the Art Operational Energy Assessments

While methodologies for predicting long term energy production of a plant from operational data are fairly well aligned across the industry, key differences remain in how available data is utilized. In addition to differing methodologies, the interpretation of the outputs of an assessment are also diverse. This session will explore current best practices for conducting and interpreting operational energy assessments. We will focus on what information can be extracted, how the value of that information is determined, and ultimately, how that value is applied for pre-construction applications in a hind cast or repower context.

Session Chair: Stephen Lightfoote, Senior Renewable Energy Analyst, AWS Truepower 

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Networking Break & Exhibits 

3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

External Perspectives - Operations

Get out of the bubble! This session will first review the current state of estimate accuracy in the industry, and then focus on the gap between pre-construction energy estimates and the realities of onsite operations, with experts in plant management, implementation, and estimate validation.

Session Chair: Erik Hale, Director, Wind Assessment, EDF Renewable Energy 

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

AWEA Technical Achievement Award Presentation

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Poster & Networking Reception  

Take advantage of this opportunity to speak to the presenters about their poster presentations.

Check the Poster Presentation section in the AWEA Events app for a complete list of poster authors and titles.

Thursday, September 28

7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Registration Open

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Networking Continental Breakfast


8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Industry Benchmarking Update

Session Chair:  Jason Fields, Wind Applications Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Liquid Power Markets 101

How m/s (meters per second) become d/h (dollars per hour) and why it is important to you.  Including an introductory course on liquid power market concepts such as LMPs, Basis Risk, Markets, Contracts for Differences, and 62,484 reasons not use a nominal wind time series.

Session Chair: Brian Healer, Vice President of Development Services, Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc.

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Networking Break & Exhibits

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Flow Models: Where Atmospheric Science Meets Your Flow Model

The industry employs many different flow modeling methodologies that span a broad range of sophistication. This session will provide an overview of typical industry methods and the importance of the meteorological features that can be resolved. Results from a recent validation study will be shared to demonstrate the current skill level of flow models. These results will then drive a discussion to explore how flow models may be improved and what’s really achievable within the constraints of today’s commercial expectations for price and timeliness. 

Session Chair: Scott Eichelberger, Technology Evangelist & Senior Scientist, Vaisala Inc.

11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Networking Lunch & Exhibits   

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Remote Sensing: What Works? What Doesn't? 

The use of Remote Sensing devices has proliferated across pre-construction measurement campaigns and operational wind farms. Industry trends and new standards suggest these devices are more accepted and “bankable” than ever before. Still, both practical challenges and more traditional thinking on the role of wind measurements continue to serve as barriers towards full scale adoption. In this session we will examine ways the industry is overcoming real-world constraints currently, and also postulate on what future steps must be taken for universal acceptance of these technologies.

Session Chair: Evan Osler, Senior Technical Lead - Remote Sensing, Renewable NRG Systems

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Networking Break & Exhibits  

2:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Turbine Performance 

Will we ever move on from talking about turbine performance? Probably not, but that might not be a bad thing. In order to continue to bring down the cost of wind energy, we need turbine manufacturers to continue optimizing and enhancing their offerings – and that means we need robust methods for gaining confidence in new power curves, usually before the body of test data are available. To that end, this session will look beyond the typical factors attributed to impacting turbine performance and discuss effective ways to evaluate new power curves and accurately predict actual performance levels.

Session Chair: Melissa Elkinton, Head of Section, Energy Assessment, DNV GL – Energy

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Networking Reception & Exhibits

Friday, September 29

7:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Registration Open

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast & Exhibits

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Rapid-Fire Session

This session breaks from the mold by providing a home for speakers and topics that would not otherwise fit within the formal program structure. Topics will stay within the general wind resource assessment sector (?), but are hand selected to be the newest and most interesting ideas available while giving preference to new speakers. Expect to be engaged, entertained, and perhaps, even educated.

Session Chair: Matthew Hendrickson, Global Manager of Assessment, Vaisala Inc.

10:00 - 10:30 AM 

Networking Break & Exhbits

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

The Role of Data Science in Energy Production Assessment

The wind resource community often utilizes data science to solve complex problems for assessments in development and operations. How the data is mined and interpreted plays a vital role in the accuracy of the end result. This session will explore the various datasets available to our community, how they are being analyzed, the results they provide, and how they are being validated. The focus will be on current and future problems facing our practice. More details to come once abstracts are selected.

Session Chair: Patrick Pyle, Director, Meteorology, Pattern Energy Group 

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Closing Session

Program Co-Chair: Dan Jaynes, Director, Energy Resources and Meteorology, Avangrid Renewables

*Program and times are subject to change.  Speakers and sessions details TBA.*