The Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) is a collaborative group comprised of manufacturers, distributors, project developers, dealers, installers, and advocates, whose primary mission is to promote and foster all aspects of the distributed wind energy industry. Distributed wind, commonly referred to as small and community wind, is the use of typically smaller wind turbines at homes, farms, businesses, and public facilities to off-set all or a portion of on-site energy consumption.
The fundamental goals of DWEA are to:
- Develop a federal, state and local policy environment that supports the responsible expansion of distributed wind energy
- Reduce or eliminate unwarranted barriers to the use of distributed wind energy
- Provide a unified voice for all members and sectors of the distributed wind industry
- Develop and promote industry “best practices” policies and standards that will foster the safe and effective installation and operation of distributed wind systems
- Participate in public and consumer education
DWEA seeks to attract members and associates from all sectors with relevant interests pertaining to the distributed wind industry.
DWEA is a not-for-profit (501c6) membership-based trade association chartered in Vermont.
President – Russell Tencer, United Wind
Vice President – Chris Diaz, Seminole Financial Services
Acting Treasurer – Mike Bergey, Bergey Windpower
Acting Secretary – Jim Duffy, Nixon Peabody, LLP
Board of Directors:
David Blittersdorf, AllEarth Renewables
Trudy Forsyth, Wind Advisors Team
Mark Jones, EWT International
Padma Kasthurirangan, Buffalo Renewables
Bill Leimkuhler, Northern Power Systems
Peter Mostow, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Paul Roamer, Ethos Distributed Solutions
Scott Sklar, The Stella Group, Ltd.
Learn More About Membership
Annual dues for members are based upon their business category and annual revenues. In addition to the larger distributed wind systems companies, such as manufacturers, that have historically been active in national trade associations, the DWEA is structured to encourage memberships and involvement of the many smaller companies that constitute the bulk of the distribution and service chain of the industry.
Separate from their membership dues, members are encouraged to participate in the funding of specific legislative initiatives that have been proposed by the policy committees and approved by the Executive Committee. These initiatives will be focused on policy opportunities that will emerge from time to time at the state and federal level. Hypothetical examples would be feed-in-tariff legislation in the 2015 legislative session in Texas or improvements in the USDA 9007 REAP grant program. Those members supporting a specific legislative initiative will receive updates and will have a say in the direction of the lobbying activities. Participation costs will be determined for each initiative based on budgeting and will differ for manufacturers and dealers roughly in proportion to the difference in dues.
Code of Ethics
Members must abide by the DWEA Code of Ethics and DWEA reserves the right to terminate any members found by the Board of Directors to be in violation of the Code.