AWEA Regional Wind Energy Conference 2016 – Northeast

July 19 - 20, 2016

Portland, ME


 Tuesday, July 19


7:30 AM

Registration Opens

8:00- 9:00 AM

Networking Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM

Welcome & Opening

Senator Angus King, Senator of Maine
Opening Remarks Video

9:10 - 

9:45 AM

National Wind Update
The current national wind market, industry status, and the DoE wind vision, with deployment projections, benefits and challenges for 20% wind by 2030 and 35% by 2050

Peter Kelley, American Wind Energy Association

9:45 -


Northeast Regional Situation
State and regional energy policy leaders weigh in on the Northeast region’s wind energy policy and deployment status.

Moderator: Francis Pullaro, RENEW
Bradley Campbell, Conservation Law Foundation
Dave Wilby, Sun Edison
Tom Welch, Former Maine Public Utilities Commission Chair
John Rogers, Union of Concerned Scientists


Networking Break & Exhibits

11:00AM - 12:15PM

Generation Options/Competition 
RECS, Specs and Market Index - A dive into the New England energy marketplace, and the technology and economic drivers that shape its current and future energy mix

Moderator: Kurt Adams, Summit Natural Gas of Maine
Guy Crepeau, GE Renewable Energy
Jeff Bishop, Brookfield Renewable Energy Group
Jason Gifford, Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC

12:15 - 1:30 PM 

Networking Lunch

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Emerging Wind Energy Policy Landscape
Significant thought and consideration has contributed to the potential evolution of the ISO-NE interconnection process. Join this panel of regional experts for a discussion on the topic, its impact on renewables, and the potential avenues forward.

Moderator: Andrew Gohn, American Wind Energy Association
Mark Kresowik, Sierra Club
Alan McBride, ISO New England
Abby Krich, Boreas Renewables
Heather Hunt, New England States
Committee on Electricity (NESCOE)

Emerging Technology
One of the major factors in the dramatic reduction of wind energy costs over the last decade has been the significant evolution of wind turbine technology; this panel will explore modern blades, extra tall towers, battery storage options and international certification & standards.    

Moderator: Lawrence Mott, SgurrEnergy
Sandy Butterfield, Boulder Wind Consulting
Steve Nolet, TPI Composites
Oliver Bieber, ABO Wind
Travis Douville,  Vestas

2:30 - 3:30 PM 

Offshore Issues
The United States is on the verge of finally establishing the offshore wind industry at scale. In Massachusetts, legislators are in the final steps of passing an omnibus energy bill, which would mandate utilities solicit thousands of megawatts of offshore wind energy over the next decade.  A deeply experienced panel will discuss the latest regional market making efforts while identifying challenges that will be solved to ensure that the offshore wind industry develops. 

Moderator: Bill White, 
Thomas Brostrøm, DONG Energy 
Deniz Ozkan, Atlantic Grid Developers
Bob LaBelle, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Construction & Transportation
The nuts and bolts of project implementation; regional practitioners will review what it takes to deal with the logistics of interstate component transport, constructing on New England’s varying topography, and the site challenges posed by new, larger and taller components.

Moderator: Matt Marks, Associated General Contractors of Maine
Dave Ertz, Sun Edison
John Cooney, Reed & Reed, Inc.
Jim Nelligan, Sprague Energy

3:30 PM

Networking Break & Exhibits

3:45 - 4:45 PM 

Community Wind
Locally owned renewable energy projects have been of interest in the US ever since the early farmer owned projects in Denmark and Germany; however, relative economics, access to capital, and enabling policy have been slow to develop in the region.  Regional and national experts will discuss both successes and regional challenges of this market niche.   

Moderator: Sue Jones, Community Energy Partners
Ken Colburn, Regulatory Assistance Program
Rachel Ackerman, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Larry Flowers, G4Wind, LLC

Operations & Maintenance
With more big projects coming on line, asset management and optimization are earning respect. Project and equipment experts will discuss what to do when the warranty runs out, and how they keep the projects running efficiently despite planned and unplanned maintenance events.

Moderator: Bill Follett, SgurrEnergy
EJ Martin, Long Road Energy Partners
Mark Baldwin, Balwin Crane
Jessica Joyce, Vestas
Mike Daigle, Cianbro Corporation

4:45 - 5:30 PM 

Day One Closing Session: Developers Roundtable
The NE region is characterized by a mixed development environment, based on land use, wind resources, local siting, state policy, and topography;  leading regional and national wind developers will discuss these and other aspects that are driving and hindering development

Moderator: Jeremy Payne, Maine Renewable Energy Association

Brenda LeMay, Sun Edison
Kellen Ingalls, 
EDP Renewables NA

Harry Benson, EverPower Wind Holdings

5:30 PM -6:30PM 

AWEA Networking Reception 
sponsored by Bernstein Shur


Following the AWEA Reception, join Pierce Atwood LLP for food, drink, and entertainment at their offices on the Portland waterfront. All attendees are welcome and transportation will be provided. For more reception details, click here

Wednesday, July 20

7:30 AM 

Registration Open

7:30 -8:30 AM

Networking Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:30 AM

Project Case Studies
Overcoming challenges is the hallmark of successful wind projects in the Northeast; three commercial operating wind projects will be presented with emphasis  on early recognition of and overcoming significant obstacles

Moderator: Sarah Tracy, Pierce Atwood LLC
Matt Kearns
, Longroad Energy Partners
Peter Dion, Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department
Jeffrey Nelson, VHB

9:30-10:30 AM

The New England region boasts a number of new transmission projects and ideas, serving a variety of purposes. The Tri-State RFP is pushing developers to think boldly, and Utilities continue efforts to strengthen the transmission back bone. This panel will look at successful transmission projects, how they integrate with existing infrastructure, and the difficulty and complexity of making them a reality.

Moderator: Bob Patton, Lower Falls Consulting
Steve Conant, Green Line Devco
Theodore Paradise, ISO New England Inc.
Hallie Gilman, Bernstein Shur
Dave Conroy,  Central Maine Power Company

The DOE Wind Vision calls for a dramatic increase in wind workers over the next several decades; the region has always embraced education and this panel will review regional initiatives to inspire the next generation of wind workers. Attendees will learn about educational resources that are at their disposal, partnering opportunities, and there will be an opportunity for industry to share their needs with New England's education community.

Moderator: Olivia Sanchez, Maine Composites Alliance
Ben Brown, Maine Ocean and Wind Industry Initiative (MOWII)

Jim Manwell, University of Massachusetts
Josh Plourde, University of Maine


Networking Break & Exhibits

10:45 - 11:45AM

Project Development Considerations
Three of today’s most significant  aspects of wind project development will be discussed: environmental review (with emphasis on bats), social acceptance, and project financing. 

Moderator: Jeffrey Nemeth, EDP Renewables
Trevor Peterson, Stantec
Ben Hoen, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Jim Duffy, Nixon Peabody
Steven Clark, Steven Clark Consulting


Research & Development Facilities
The evolution of wind energy technology requires new designs, materials, manufacturing techniques, and testing facilities; this panel will present three of the regional facilities and related activities that are helping keep U.S. technology competitive

Moderator: Stephen Von Vogt, Maine Marine Composites, LLC
Habib Dagher, University of Maine and the Advanced Structures and Composite Center
Andy SchoenbergThe Composites Engineering Research Lab (CERL)
Chris NiezreckiUniversity of Mass Lowell, and WindStar

11:45AM -1:00PM 

Networking Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Policy/Regulatory Implementation
Siting/Regulatory Panel:Discussion of the challenges in aligning wind power regulatory decisions with policy objectives of the laws being applied.  Attendees will hear from (i) two Maine legislators on how Maine’s Wind Energy Act has been implemented, (ii) the Natural Resources Division of the Attorney General’s Office on the role of rulemaking and agency discretion in decision making, and (iii) the Bureau Director for the Maine DEP, which has jurisdiction for permitting grid-scale wind projects in Maine.  

Moderator: Juliet Browne, Verrill Dana
Mark Dion, Legislator
Peggy Bensinger, Maine Assistant Attorney General
Mark Bergeron, Maine Department of Environmental Protection

Corporate Purchasing
AWEA’s Annual Market Report indicated that in 2015, for the first time, more MW’s of wind were purchased by non-utility corporations, reflecting the growing interest of large corporations and institutions in increasing their environmental responsibility and stabilizing their future energy costs. The panel will review the various purchasing options/arrangements as well as their motivations in this newly important demand driver for renewables.

Moderator: Kevin Rackstraw,
Mark Kidd, Iron Mountain Data Centers
George Favaloro, PWC
Merrill Kramer, Sullivan & Worcester LLP


Networking Break & Exhibits

2:30 - 3:45 PM

Day Two Closing Session: Northeast Wind Futures
What is the future of New England wind development in an era of clean energy RFP’s, cheap natural gas, Canadian hydro, and an unsteady REC market? This distinguished panel of experts will share their perspectives on the market drivers and the economic and political forces that will shape the course of wind energy growth throughout our region.

Moderator: Patrick Scully, Bernstein Shur
Thorn Dickinson, Avangrid

Rebecca Tepper, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
Helmut Herold, Senvion
Peter Shattuck, Acadia Center
Lawrence Mott, SgurrEnergy
Sandra Levine, Conservation Law Foundation

3:45 - 4:00PM 

Closing Remarks/Adjourn

 Program and sessions are subject to change. Speakers and more session details TBA.