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Media Advisory: Press Availabilities at WINDPOWER 2013 May 5-May 8, 2013

7/03/13
AWEA will host WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition 2013, beginning on Sunday, May 5, and running through Wednesday, May 8, at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. Nearly 10,000 wind industry professionals and 600 exhibitors from around the world are registered to attend WINDPOWER 2013 to network, share new technology, and discuss solutions in an ever-changing wind energy industry.
CHICAGO--AWEA will host WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition 2013, beginning on Sunday, May 5, and running through Wednesday, May 8, at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.
Nearly 10,000 wind industry professionals and 600 exhibitors from around the world are registered to attend WINDPOWER 2013 to network, share new technology, and discuss solutions in an ever-changing wind energy industry.

The Opening Session on Monday, May 6 – beginning at 8:30am – will feature Incoming AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, and AWEA Board Chairman Gabriel Alonso of EDP Renewables. A press conference with CEO Kiernan, Mayor Emanuel, Gov. Branstad, and Mr. Alonso will immediately follow the session.
**Please note – all times listed in this schedule are Central Time**

Following is a list of media events:
MONDAY, MAY 6th
 
1. WHAT: Opening session
WHEN: 8:30am-10:00am
WHO: AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad
Gabriel Alonso, CEO of EDP Renewables and Chairman of the AWEA Board of Directors
 
WHERE:Grand Ballroom
 
2. WHAT: Post-opening session press conference*
WHEN: 10:00am-10:30am
WHO:  AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad
 
Gabriel Alonso, CEO of EDP Renewables and Chairman of the AWEA Board of Directors
WHERE: Rm. S101A or dial in (Contact Dave Georges dave@tigercomm.us, 703-302-8385 to find out how to join remotely

 
3. WHAT:KIDWIND Challenge
WHEN:10:00am-2:00pm
WHO: Chicago schoolchildrenWHERE:Museum of Science and Industry
NOTE: 1) Instant Blade Challenge - Students teams (teams no larger than 3 students) that are part of this challenge will be given a box of materials. They will then be challenged to build the best set of blades they can and enter them into the instant blade design competition.
2) Prebuilt Wind Turbine Challenge - Teams that enter this challenge will need to bring a turbine that they have constructed before the event. We will do performance testing at the challenge and teams will also be judged on how they built their turbine.
 
4. WHAT:Wind Project Component Manufacturing Tour
WHEN:3:00pm-6:00pm
WHERE:S&C Electric Company
NOTE: Registration is required to participate in the tour. S&C is one of the oldest and largest manufacturers in Chicago and is opening its doors to show how it has become a leader in the implementation of wind power. 
TUESDAY, MAY 7TH
 
1.WHAT:Wind Industry Leaders Panel
WHEN:8:30am-9:10am
 
WHO:
Gabriel Alonso, Chief Executive Officer, AWEA Incoming Chairman- EDP Renewables North America LLC
Susan Reilly, President and Chief Executive Officer- RES Americas
Kevin Walsh, Managing Director, Renewable Energy- GE Energy Financial Services
Paul Gaynor, Chief Executive Officer- First Wind
Ron Widup,President and Chief Executive Officer - Shermco Industries
Tim Rosenzweig, Chief Executive Officer-Goldwind USA
WHERE:Grand Ballroom
2.WHAT:Corporate Purchasers of Wind Panel
WHEN:9:10-10:00am
WHO: Henrik Kuffner, Chief Executive Officer-WindMade
Gary Demasi, Director of Operations, Global Infrastructure - Google, Inc.
Greg Pool,Senior Manager, Renewable Energy and Emissions - Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Lee Ballin,Sustainability Manager, Global Sustainability Group - Bloomberg
Bill Olson, Director Office of Sustainability and Stewardship - Motorola Mobility LLC
Greg Butler,Global Supply Chain Stewardship Director - The Office of Global Sustainability BD
WHERE: Grand Ballroom
 
3.WHAT: Post-general session press conference*
WHEN: 10:00-10:30am
WHO: Wind Industry Leaders and Corporate Purchasers of Wind
WHERE: Rm. S101A or dial in (Contact Dave Georges dave@tigercomm.us, 703-302-8385 to find out how to join remotely).
 
4.WHAT:Poster Reception
WHEN:4:30pm-6:00pm
WHERE:Exhibit Hall A
Note: Check out hundreds of informative poster presentations and connect with the poster authors during this reception in the exhibit hall.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8TH

 
1.WHAT:Leadership Power Hour
WHO:Exhibitors will host their executive-level leaders in their booths for a full hour so they can meet attendees and answer questions.
WHEN:11:00am-12:00pm
WHERE:Exhibit Hall Floor
*Dial-in information is available for media.Credentialed members of the media interested in attending the conference or dialing into press events should contact Dave Georges at dave@tigercomm.us or (703) 302-8385 for more information.
Dave Georges
703 302 8385
dave@tigercomm.us

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