Agenda - AWEA Wind Power on Capitol Hill 

Tuesday, March 5

12:00 PM Registration Opens for badge pick-up
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM  Networking Lunch  
1:15 PM - 1:35 PM

Welcome and Overview

Grand Ballroom, Washington Court Hotel 
Jenna Marinstein, Federal Affairs Associate, AWEA
1:35 PM - 1:55 PM

Setting the Stage 

Get up-to-speed on what happened in the 2018 mid-term elections, what the 116th Congress looks like today, and what the House and Senate’s legislative priorities will be this year.

Bree Raum, Vice President of Federal Affairs, AWEA
1:55 PM - 2:15 PM

Wind Energy Market Update

Hear about the wind industry’s performance in 2018, where the industry’s economic development statistics stand currently, and what developments are anticipated in the coming year

John Hensley, Vice President of Research and Analytics, AWEA
2:15 PM - 2:35 PM

Keynote Speaker Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO)

Senator Cory Gardner is the junior senator from Colorado and has served in the Senate since his induction in 2015. He currently sits on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as well as the Committee on Foreign Relations and Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Senator Gardner is also the Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Before winning election to the U.S. Senate, Senator Gardner served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011-2015, representing Colorado’s 4th District.
Tom Kiernan, Chief Executive Officer, AWEA
Cory Gardner, U.S. Senator for Colorado, U.S. Senate
2:35 PM - 2:50 PM

Networking Break

2:50 PM -  3:30 PM

Focusing in on the Wind Industry's Message

Walk through top talking points and factsheets that will be used during the advocacy day on March 6th.

Bree Raum, Vice President of Federal Affairs, AWEA
Maggie Lemmerman, Senior Director of Federal Affairs, AWEA
Aaron Severn, Senior Director of Federal Affairs, AWEA
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM 

Keynote Speaker Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD)

Majority Leader Hoyer has served in Congress since 1981 after winning a special election in a seven-way Democratic primary. Congressman Hoyer currently serves in House Leadership as the Majority Leader and throughout his tenure in Congress has served in other leadership positions including Chair of the Democratic Caucus and House Minority Whip. Earlier in his career, Congressman Hoyer was a longtime member of the House Appropriations Committee. Before being elected to Congress, he served in the Maryland Senate, and after 9 years became the Chamber’s youngest president in Maryland’s history.
Tom Kiernan, Chief Executive Officer, AWEA
Steny Hoyer, House Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Amplifying the Wind Industry’s Message

Learn how to use social media in order to amplify the message you will be delivering to Members of Congress and their staff.

Greg Alvarez, Deputy Director of External Communications, AWEA
4:00 PM - 5:20 PM 

Hill Meetings Preparation

Learn best practices for conducting congressional meetings, cultivate your personal wind story, practice and solidify what you’ve learned, and familiarize yourself with the “AdvocacyDay” app

Stephanie Vance, Advocacy Trainer and Consultant, Advocacy Associates
5:20 PM - 5:30 PM

Questions and Wrap-Up

Jenna Marinstein, Federal Affairs Associate, AWEA

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Networking Reception with Member(s) of Congress

Grand Ballroom & Foyer, Washington Court Hotel

Wednesday, March 6

6:45 AM - 8:15 AM

Breakfast and Schedule Pick-up

Grand Ballroom, Washington Court Hotel 
Attendees should pick up their final meeting schedules prior to the beginning of the day’s program and are encouraged to network over breakfast

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Congressional Meetings

Senate and House Office Buildings
AWEA staff and consultants will accompany you and your fellow industry leaders to meetings with Members of Congress and their staffs to educate them and advocate for policies that promote the success of the wind industry

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Capitol Hill Reception 

902 Hart Senate Office Building
Join your fellow industry leaders, Members of Congress, and congressional staff for a reception celebrating a successful day on the Hill.