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Media advisory: WINDPOWER 2015, your VIP pass to the U.S. wind rush

The following event is open to coverage, and free, for accredited journalists with news media outlets:

Click here to request WINDPOWER 2015 media credentials

Media Contact:
David Ward (202) 425-2065

The following event is open to coverage, and free, for accredited journalists with news media outlets:

What: The U.S. wind industry’s biggest event all year is now less than three weeks away. Whether you’re a veteran energy reporter looking for insider knowledge, or on a business beat just starting to learn about this made-in-America industry now providing clean energy to millions, you need to attend AWEA WINDPOWER 2015 Conference & Exhibition. With over $23 billion of private investment in new projects now under construction, the next chapter of American wind power is well underway. Industry leaders such as GE Power & Water, Siemens, DNV GL and more will deliver insights on the technology trends spurring a “wind rush” across the country, in places like Texas, Michigan and soon the Southeast. Press conference-style media availabilities are scheduled after the opening General Session and the Power Session on Day Two packed with top executives , and AWEA will work directly with journalists to facilitate one-on-one interviews. Let us know who you want to meet!

For more information and a detailed schedule:


 Click here to watch AWEA’s WINDPOWER in action!

Who: Opening session speakers AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan and Lisa Davis, Member of the Managing Board, Siemens, will be joined by Moderator Jacob Susman, CEO & Founder of OwnEnergy, and panelists Anne McEntee, President & CEO Renewable Energy, GE Power & Water; Karen Conover, Vice President, DNV GL; Paul Gaynor, Executive Vice President of North America Utility and Global Wind, SunEdison; and Susan Reilly, President, RES Americas, and outgoing Board Chair of AWEA.

Hundreds of top industry experts appear in educational sessions throughout the conference, and may be found staffing booths exhibiting the latest wind technology.

When: Monday May 18 - Thursday May 21, 2015

Where: Orlando Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.; travel and lodging expenses are the responsibility of the individual. Click here for travel details, including flight and hotel information. Tickets from Chicago to Orlando are still available for as low as $250.

Registration: Credentialed journalists can click below for a complimentary conference pass:

If you have any questions, contact AWEA Deputy Director, Strategic Communications David Ward at 202-425-2065 or by email at

American wind power is on the rebound this year as strong growth in the U.S. industry accelerated during the first quarter of 2015. A near-record 13,600 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity is under construction across 100 projects in 23 states.

Advanced turbine technology is capturing faster, steadier winds at higher elevations – creating a “wind rush” by enabling more future development in the Great Lakes states and the Southeast, among other regions.

Annual report 2014 graphic 

Source: Southeastern Wind Coalition’s “Southeast Wind Energy Fact Sheet”

These maps illustrate how dramatically the latest innovations in wind turbine technology such as increasing turbine hub heights and longer, lighter blades are beginning to open the Southeast for economical wind energy development. Attending WINDPOWER 2015 will give reporters the opportunity to see, hear and engage with the industry today as it prepares to enter the final geographic frontier for U.S. wind power.

Underscoring that potential, this year’s conference is in a state boasting factories and corporate headquarters that will play pivotal roles in realizing the future expansion of this industry. Up to 2,000 well-paying jobs are supported by wind in Florida, among more than 73,000 across the country. Florida is home to wind industry leaders, including Siemens and NextEra Energy Resources, and the state has 15 manufacturing facilities supplying wind power parts and supplies.


AWEA is the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry. We represent 1,000 member companies and over 114,000 jobs in the U.S. economy, serving as a powerful voice for how wind works for America. Members include global leaders in wind power and energy development, turbine manufacturing, and component and service suppliers. They gather each year at the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind energy event, the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, next in Denver, June 1-4, 2020. WINDPOWER 2020 will be housed within CLEANPOWER, the new exhibition hub for utility-scale renewable energy, bringing together wind power, solar power, and energy storage industries. Find information about wind energy on the AWEA website. Gain insight into industry issues on AWEA's blog, Into the Wind. And please join us on Facebook and follow @AWEA on Twitter and LinkedIn.