AWEA Wind Project O&M and Safety Conference

February 26 - 27, 2020
Hotel Del Coronado | Coronado, CA 


In the United States, there are now over 56, 000 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 98 gigawatts (GW) of wind energy in the ground and 22 GW expected offshore by 2030.  This impressive growth, coupled with leaps in technology, has renewable energy companies looking at their operating assets for profits.

But what does operations look like in the 2020s?  Larger turbines, advances in storage and predictive maintenance are the types of technology trends that have the potential, if done right, to create more efficiencies and more reliable energy.  A successful wind project requires more than top-notch technology; its most important asset are the people who maintain the projects.  

Despite wind and solar technicians being the two fastest growing jobs in the country, the industry is struggling to meet the needs of a growing number of projects, many of which are coming off warranty. Owner operators are faced with the daunting task of meeting these needs on a tighter budget while continuing to keep the safety of their techs as the top priority.

How can the industry practically leverage technology like digitalization, crane-less work, and drones to ensure the safety of their workers? What efforts are underway to properly prepare and train workers?  This year’s O&M and safety conference will focus on these important workforce issues for owner operators.

The AWEA Operations & Maintenance and Safety Conference is where the industry comes together to recognize unique challenges and identify solutions in four main sectors:

  • Health & safety
  • O&M
  • Workforce training & development
  • Quality assurance

The call for proposals ended on September 13th and are under review. Please contact education@awea.org with any questions.

Tentative Agenda

February 24

8AM – 5PM | Committee Meetings

February 25
8AM – 5PM | Committee Meetings

February 26
8AM – 5PM | Registration Open
8:30AM – 10:00AM | Opening Session
10:00AM – 10:30AM | Networking Break
10:30AM - 12:00PM | Education Sessions
12:00PM – 1:30PM | Lunch
1:30PM – 3:30PM | Education Sessions
3:30PM – 4:00PM | Networking Break
4:00PM – 5:30PM | Education Sessions

February 27
8AM – 5PM | Registration Open
8:00AM – 9:30AM | Education Sessions
9:30AM – 10:00AM | Networking Break
10:00AM - 12:00PM | Education Sessions
12:30PM – 1:30PM | Lunch
1:30PM – 5:00PM | Education Sessions

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