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AWEA Regional Wind Energy Conference 2017 – Northwest

July 25 - 26, 2017

Renton, WA

Focusing on the Pacific Northwest, the AWEA Regional Wind Energy Conference – 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. 


Tuesday, July 25

9:00 AM

Registration Open

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Coffee & Networking with Exhibitors

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Welcome & Opening Session

Tom Darin, Senior Director, Western State Policy, AWEA
Matthew HendricksonGlobal Manager of Energy Assessment, Vaisala

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

Andy Bridge, Vice President Industrial Markets, Janicki Industries 
Lisa DiMartino, Senior Manager of Utility Partnerships, 3 Degrees
Brendan McCarthy, State Government Affairs, Portland General Electric Company 
Vanessa Miler-Fels, Renewable Energy Strategist, Microsoft

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

There is a growing appetite among public and large energy users in the Northwest for clean, abundant and low-cost wind power. Some of the region’s – and world’s – best wind resources are in Montana  and need to connect over to larger population centers on the west coast. This session will explore how transmission investments can help diversify the Northwest’s energy portfolio, provide low-cost resources to consumers, and spur economic development across the region. 

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

Roger Garratt, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Puget Sound Energy
Ben Kujala
, Power Division Director, NW Power and Conservation Council
Michelle Manary, Vice President of Transmission Marketing and Sales, Bonneville Power Administration 
Larry Pearce, Executive Director, Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Networking Break & Exhibits

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Emerging Western Markets 

The western region is on a path to more efficient use of the existing electric grid, which will cut down on electric bills, improve system reliability, and provide better access to low-cost renewable energy.  This session will explore how the Northwest is already on a path to better coordination with neighboring states, as well as the market improvements and benefits that lie ahead.  

Session Chair: Phil Jones, Director, Western Grid Group 

Fred Heutte, Senior Policy Associate, NW Energy Coalition
Michelle Manary, Vice President of Transmission Marketing and Sales, Bonneville Power Administration 
Phil Pettingill
, Director, Regional Integration, California Independent System Operator Corporation

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.

Session Chair: Tom Darin, Senior Director, Western State Policy, AWEA

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Networking Reception

Wednesday, July 26

8:00 AM

Registration Open

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Networking Breakfast & Exhibits

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Wind Power and Rural America

Wind power investments in rural America bring impactful benefits and this session will tell that story. Wind projects provide low-cost energy to consumers, and when they are built, they juice up local economies by providing landowners lease payments, good paying construction and permanent wind technician jobs. Wind projects in rural areas also provide critical infrastructure and emergency services with the property taxes the industry pays. We’ll cover these benefits from unique, local perspectives directly from the rural part of the Northwest.

Session Chair: Amanda Hoey, Executive Director, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District

Eric Melbardis, Senior Operations Manager, EDP Renewables
Marta Mikkalo, Owner, Arlington Hardware

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

Networking & Exhibits Break

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Feature Session: State Policy Roundtable

NW utilities will be looking for several GWs of new resources to either replace retiring resources or meet new needs for their customers in the coming years. This session will provide an innovative, interactive opportunity to communicate directly with state decision-makers to explore the policy, regulatory and market activities and changes necessary for this transition.

Session Chair: Rachel Shimshak, Executive Director, Renewable Northwest

Janine Benner, Assistant Director for Planning and Innovation, Oregon Department of Energy
Dave Danner,
Chair, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission 
Dan Lloyd, Economic Development Specialist, Montana Governor’s Economic Development Office
Representative Gael Tarleton, 36th Legislative District, Washington State House 

2017 Program Committee Members:

Clint Johnson Pascal Storck

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
External Communications Analyst
EDP Renewables North America

Clint Johnson
Senior Vice President 
DNV GL - Energy
Pascal Storck 
Head of Renewable Energy 
Rachel Shimshak
Rachel Shimshak
Executive Director
Renewable Northwest
Tom Darin
Senior Director, Western State Policy
American Wind Energy Association
Kisha James
Manager, Education & Conference 
American Wind Energy Association