AWEA Regional Wind Energy Conference 2017 – Northwest

July 25 - 26, 2017

Renton, WA

Focusing on the Pacific Northwest, the AWEA Regional Wind Energy Summit – Northwest provides a comprehensive and timely analysis of current and near-term market conditions that are creating demand for new wind projects, as well as the latest on transmission expansion, grid operations and siting issues. This is a can't-miss event whether you are making investment decisions to enter this market, or are already involved in Western U.S. wind project development and need to learn more.  Feature sessions include current drivers that will lead to the next wave of new wind projects in the region, a spotlight on recently built wind projects and business development activity and showcasing wind power’s manufacturing jobs and strong rural economic benefits throughout the Northwest. 

2017 Program Committee Members:

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel, External Communications Analyst, EDP Renewables North America
Clint Johnson, Senior Vice President, DNV GL - Energy
Pascal Storck, Head of Renewable Energy, Vaisala
Rachel Shimshak, Executive Director, Renewable Northwest Project
Tom Darin, Senior Director, Western State Policy at American Wind Energy Association
Kisha James, Education & Conference Manager, American Wind Energy Association

Tuesday, July 25

9:30 AM

Registration Open

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Networking and Exhibits

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Welcome & Opening Session

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Demand for New Renewables

What’s driving demand for new wind projects – when, where and how many megawatts?

Session Chair: Clint Johnson, Senior Vice President, DNV GL – Energy, DNV GL

Andy Bridge, Vice President Industrial Markets, Director Research & Development, Janicki Industries 
Lisa DiMartino, Senior Manager of Utility Partnerships, 3 Degrees
Vanessa Miler-Fels, Cloud Infrastructure & Operations, Microsoft

More speakers TBA

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch & Exhibits 

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Accessing New Wind Projects in the Northwest: Working with the New Administration on Transmission

We Tell the Montana Wind Over to Washington Load/RE Demand Story

Session Chair: Travis Kavulla, Commissioner, Montana Public Service Commission

Roger Garratt, Puget Sound Energy
Ben Kujala
, Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Council confirmed
Larry Pearce, Executive Director, Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

More speakers TBA

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Networking Break & Exhibits

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Emerging Western Markets 

Expanding the Connections between the West and the Northwest

Session Chair: Phil Jones, Western Grid Group 

Fred Heutte, Senior Policy Associate, NW Energy Coalition (NWEC)
Phil Pettingill
, Director of Regional Integration, CAISO 

More speakers TBA

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Day 1 Wrap Up – What Did We Miss?

The panelists aren’t the only experts in the room. The floor will open up to the experts in the audience. This session is an opportunity for an open discussion on any and all topics not already discussed.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Networking Reception

Wednesday, July 26

8:00 AM

Registration Open

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Wind Power and Rural America

Telling the story of the rural northwest through economic investment and job creation

Amanda Hoey, Executive Director, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District

More speakers TBA

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

Networking & Exhibits Break

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Feature Session: State Policy Roundtable

The importance of governors, state legislatures and utility commissions to the electricity sector and wind energy

Session Chair: Rachel Shimshak, Executive Director, RNP

Dave Danner, Chairman, Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC)
Dan Lloyd, Economic Development Specialist, Montana Governor’s Economic Development Office

More speakers TBA