AWEA Wind Energy Fall Symposium 2016

November 15 - 17, 2016

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa | San Antonio, TX

 Program at a Glance

(For more detailed program, please scroll down or click HERE)

Committee Meetings: The schedule for AWEA Committee Meetings and other side meetings to be held at Fall Symposium can be found here as well as included in the program schedule below. 

Monday, November 14

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) Networking
Tables
 (Independence 6)- click here for more details

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

AWEA Committee Meetings & Other Side
Meetings - click here for the detailed schedule

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) Networking
Reception
 (Courtyard Deck) - click here for more details

Tuesday, November 15

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) Leadership
Forum
(Independence 4)click here for more details

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

AWEA Committee Meetings & Other Side
Meetings
 -
 click here for the detailed schedule

2:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Registration Open   (Independence Ballroom Foyer)

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Welcome Networking Reception  (Independence Lawn) 

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Fall WindPAC Reception (Windmill Plaza)
Email jbeckwith@awea.org for more information

Wednesday, November 16

7:30 am – 1:30 pm

AWEA Committee Meetings & Other Side Meetings - click here for the detailed schedule

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Meet the CEO (Independence 2)

8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Registration Open (Independence Ballroom Foyer)

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Networking Continental Breakfast (Independence Lawn)

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Welcome & Opening Session  (Independence 5)

10:30 am –11:00 am

Networking Break (Independence Lawn)

11:00 am –12:00 pm

BREAKING NEWS:  Election Results Impact Wind's Relationship with Congress, White House (Independence 5)

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch (Independence Lawn)

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Innovating Today to Reduce Costs and Thrive in the Future Market (Independence 5)

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

The Wind Portrait Project | Photographing the People Behind America’s Wind Energy Future

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

AWEA Market Database Pro Demo (Independence Ballroom 1)

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Networking Break (Independence Lawn)

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Getting Ahead of Transmission, Siting and Operational Risks ( Independence 5)

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Networking Reception (Luckenbach Pavilion)

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm                       

S’mores with AWEA Staff (Henrys Hollow)                                                                                                    

Thursday, November 17

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Registration Open (Independence Ballroom Foyer)

7:45 am – 1:30 pm

AWEA Committee Meetings & Other Side
Meetings
 
click here for the detailed schedule

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Networking Continental Breakfast 
(Independence Lawn)

9:00 am – 10:15 am

Capitalize on the Latest Trends Driving Demand 
(Independence 5)

10:15 am – 11:00 am

Networking Break (Independence Lawn)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Raising Public Acceptance: Another 'Must'
for Industry Growth 
(Independence 5)

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch & Idea Exchange
(Independence Lawn)

 

 

DETAILED PROGRAM

Tuesday, November 15 

2:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Registration Open

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm 

Welcome Networking Reception (Independence Lawn)

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Fall WindPAC Reception (Windmill Plaza)
Email jbeckwith@awea.org for more information

Wednesday, November 16

 

7:30 am - 8:30 am

 Meet the CEO (Independence 2)

Discover the power of membership and make your voice heard, by sharing your experience with AWEA CEO, Tom Kiernan. All conference participants are invited.

8:00 am – 4:30 pm 

Registration Open (Independence Ballroom Foyer) 

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Networking Continental Breakfast
Independence Ballroom Foyer

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Welcome & Opening Session
Location: Independence 5

Program Co-Chair’s Opening Remarks
Kevin Gresham, Vice President, Government Relations & External Affairs, E.ON North America /Program Co-Chair

Opening Speaker
Tom Kiernan, CEO, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

Wind Industry Leaders Panel
Chris Brown, President, Vestas Americas
Karen Conover, Vice President, DNV GL
Doug Fredrickson, Vice President, Blattner Energy
Kevin Gresham, Vice President, Government Relations & External Affairs, E.ON North America
   

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Networking Break
Location: Independence Lawn

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

BREAKING NEWS: Election Results Impact Wind’s Relationship with Congress, White House
Location: Independence 5

One week after the November 8th elections, this timely panel will break down what the elections results are likely to mean for our industry.  We’ll discuss what the 2017 wind policy agenda should entail, in light of the new Congress and Administration.  On the political front, we’ll analyze whether our industry’s political muscle factored in to the election results and where and how we should exert that strength in 2017.  Finally, we’ll cover any potential opportunities or risks for legislative action in the lame duck. 

Session Chair: Steve Lockard, President & CEO, TPI Composites, Inc.

Staff Liaison: Maggie Lemmerman, Director, Federal Legislative Affairs, AWEA

Steve Elmendorf, Partner & Cofounder, Subject Matter
Katie Cullen, Partner and Cofounder, SC Partners LLC
Gail Gitcho, Adviser, American Wind Action 

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch
Location: Independence Lawn

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Innovating Today to Reduce Costs and Thrive in the Future Market
Location: Independence 5

The cost of wind generation has declined 66% in the past six years alone. With five year PTC extension stability and recent state RPS increases in place, wind manufacturers, developers, and service providers now have the opportunity to pursue long term cost reduction strategy, asking the question: how much further does the cost of wind need to fall to remain competitive in the future market? In a world of low natural gas prices and falling solar costs, the industry must pursue all possible options, continuing to push the limits in turbine technology, O&M services, innovative project finance techniques, and company mergers and acquisitions. Hear leading wind industry and market analysis experts discuss how they plan to compete and thrive in the next five years and beyond.

Session Chair: Tristan Grimbert, President and CEO, EDF Renewable Energy  

Staff Liaison: Hannah Hunt, Senior Research Analyst, Industry Data & Analysis, AWEA 

Panelists:
Bruce Bailey, Vice President of Renewables, UL
Mike McManus,
Americas Business Development and Strategy, Siemens
Tim Maag, Vice President and General Manager, Wind Energy Group, Mortenson Construction
Patrick Woodson, Chairman, E.ON Climate & Renewables North America 

2:35 pm - 2:45 pm

The Wind Portrait Project | Photographing the People Behind America’s Wind Energy Future
Location: Independence 5

Ed Collier, Photographer, Ed Collier Photography

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Networking Break
Location: Independence Lawn

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Getting Ahead of Transmission, Siting, and Operational Risks
Location: Independence 5

Even after Congress extends the PTC/ITC, states preserve or expand RPSs, and/or the cost of wind continues to decline, projects won’t get built, or those that get built will have economic and legal risk if the industry does not successfully address the growing uncertainty related to permitting and environmental compliance, transmission and market rules that impose unexpected costs, and regulatory initiatives that create hurdles, even for operating assets. Get informed about these challenges and what the industry and individual companies are doing to get ahead of them. 

Session Chair: Helmut Herold, CEO, Senvion North America

Staff Liaison: Tom Vinson, Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs, AWEA

Panelists:
Kenneth Davies, 
Director of Renewable Energy, Microsoft
Jayshree Desai, Chief Operating Officer, Clean Line Energy
Tom Hiester, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Americas, RES (Renewable Energy Systems)   
Jeff Wehner, VP, Renewables Operations, Duke Energy Renewables

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Networking Reception
Location:  Luckenbach Pavilion 

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

S’mores with AWEA Staff
Location: Henrys Hollow

Grab a marshmallow, a friend and a fleece and join AWEA at the fire pit at the Sunrise Amphitheater! Staff and attendees will mingle under the stars while making s'mores and new friends (weather permitting).

Thursday, November 17

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Registration Open

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Networking Continental Breakfast
Location: Independence Lawn

9:00 am – 10:15 am

Capitalize on the Latest Trends Driving Demand
Location: Independence 5

Beyond the PTC and falling price of wind energy, experts will discuss the latest trends in demand that are ensuring wind is well-positioned for future growth.   This session will explore what has happened and what is happening on the state policy level and what is behind the growing demand of corporate buyers and utilities. Also, hear the role carbon policy will play in the future of wind energy.  But will our grid be able to accommodate all this potential growth?   Insiders with ERCOT will provide a picture of what transmission expansion has enabled in Texas and what can be done across the U.S. to accommodate more wind.  Prepare for the future by exploring the trends that are shaping the industry today.

Session Chair: Jon Chase, Vice President, Public Affairs,Vestas Americas

Staff Liaison: Susan Sloan, Vice President, State Policy, AWEA

Panelists:
Greg Dotson,
Vice President, Energy Policy, Center for American Progress 
Warren Lasher, 
Director, System Planning, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) 
Eric Thumma, Director, Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Avangrid Renewables, LLC 
Ryan Wiser, Senior Scientist and Deputy Group Leader, Electricity Markets and Policy Group,Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 

10:15 am – 11:00 am

Networking Break
Location:  Independence Lawn

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Raising Public Engagement: Another ‘Must’ for Industry Growth
Location: Independence 5

From turning out supporters at a hearing to promoting the wind brand across high-resource regions, we need to engage with the public on many levels to get our projects built and stay on track to quadrupling U.S. wind energy within 14 years. Research by the industry and developer-to-developer meetups have yielded valuable insights into what’s called for and what works. We’ll discuss case studies of projects that won community acceptance and others that met costly delays; and what AWEA’s new strengthened grassroots program offers to help counter increasingly organized opponents. The audience will have an opportunity to weigh in on what the industry still needs to do in this area to succeed.

Session Chair: Peter Kelley, Vice President, Public Affairs, AWEA

Shawn K. Olson-Hazboun, Researcher, Center for Society, Economy, & the Environment, Utah State University
Susan Munroe, President/CEO, Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce
Keith Den Hollander, Midwest Director, Christian Coalition
John DiDonato, Vice President of Development, NextEra Energy Resources

 

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch & Idea Exchange
Location: Independence Lawn

Keep important conversations and ideas flowing at the networking lunch!  Join your peers, industry leaders, AWEA staffers and subject matter experts for a thought provoking exchange.  Several tables will be segmented by topic, allowing attendees to select areas of interest and explore a number of group discussions within an informal networking environment. 

 The topic tables are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Featured topics:

Brent Nussbaum, VP, Member Relations, AWEA
It’s Your AWEA: Help Us Meet Your Needs

John Anderson, Senior Director, Permitting Policy and Environmental Affairs, AWEA
Latest developments with BGEPA and MBTA

Pam Poisson, SVP Operations & CFO, AWEA
Public Speaking Tips and Tricks from a Toastmasters Competent Communicator

Betsy Rosenblatt Beck, Director, Transmission Policy, AWEA
Transmission and the Big Grid Vision 

Jim Reilly, Senior Vice President, Federal Legislative Affairs, AWEA
Offshore Wind - Gaining Momentum

David Ward, Director, Public Affairs, AWEA
Social Media Best Practices and Countering Opposition Online 

 

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