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All events are at the JW Marriott (1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004) unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, February 27th 

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
DWEA Board of Directors Meeting
Senate Room, JW Marriott

7:00 – 8:30 pm
Welcome & Opening Reception
JW Marriott

Wednesday, February 28th – Business Conference

Senate Room, JW Marriott

7:30 am
Registration & Welcome Coffee

8:00 am
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Padma Kasthurirangan
, Co-Founder, Buffalo Renewables, Program Chair

8:10 am
Keynote Speaker

8:30 – 9:45 am
Leadership Panel: State of the Industry

Listen to a panel discussion of national leaders in the distributed and community wind industry. Topics will include: the state of each business, current efforts to grow the U.S. market, barriers and opportunities to the development of projects nationwide, and opportunities for a cooperative and collaborative clean energy industry future.

Moderator:  Jennifer Jenkins, Executive Director, Distributed Wind Energy Association

Mike Bergey
, President, Bergey Windpower
Ciel Caldwell, CEO, Northern Power Systems
Russell Tencer, CEO, United Wind

9:45 – 10:00 am
Networking Break

10:00 – 11:00 am
Federal Agency Opportunities & Updates

Learn about current and potential opportunities within the Federal government from a procurement perspective. Topics of interest will include research and development activities, programs to boost the agricultural market, and working with the agencies.

Moderator:  Scott Sklar, President, The Stella Group, Ltd.

Cora Dickson, Senior International Trade Specialist, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Patrick Gilman, Distributed Wind Technology Manager & Modeling and Analysis Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy
Troy Warshel, Director of Operations, DASD Operational Energy, DOD,

11:10 am – 12:10 pm
Let’s Make Lemonade

Learn about current efforts to advance distributed wind technologies and expand beyond conventional projects. Topics will include orphaned turbines as a new business opportunity, the evolution of distributed wind technology and companies, and unique financing opportunities.

Moderator:  James Duffy, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP

Mike Bergey, President, Bergey Windpower
Alice Orrell, Energy Analyst, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Northern Power Systems

12:15 – 1:15 pm
Networking Lunch

Speaker:  Michael Leitman, Strategic Analyst, ‎National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

1:15 – 2:30 pm
Distributed Wind for America’s Heartland

America’s Heartland is the backbone of the U.S. economy that sustains the country’s agricultural systems, rural small businesses, and industries. Listen to industry leaders and project owners discuss how abundant renewable energy resources in the Heartland provide unique opportunities to embrace the new energy economy and pave the way for a resurgence in American jobs, manufacturing, and energy security.

Moderator:  Trudy Forsyth, Managing Director, Wind Advisors Team

Rob Hach, President & CEO, Trusted Energy
Jack Morgan, Program Manager, Community Resilience & Economic Development, National Association of Counties

2:30 – 3:45 pm
All Eyes on the States

States have a critical role to play in policy and market development in the on-site power sector. Learn about successful policies, market drivers, and collaborative opportunities in states with advanced or developing on-site power sectors. Topics of interest include New York’s progressive on-site power incentive programs and Reforming the Energy Vision process, business advocacy and rural economic development in Kansas, and defining market potential in key states.

Moderator:  Charles Newcomb, Product Manager, Universal mCloud Corporation

Ian Baring-Gould, Wind Technology Deployment Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Dorothy Barnett, Executive Director, Climate + Energy Project
Roger Freeman, Renewable Energy & Environmental Attorney
Ryan Storke, CEO, Storke, LLC

3:45 – 4:00 pm
Networking Break

4:00 – 5:15 pm
Powering America with On-Site Power

On-site energy has an increasingly important role to play in U.S. energy infrastructure and grid reliability. Listen to industry leaders, project developers, system integrators, and system owners discuss opportunities for on-site power to promote energy security, resiliency, and provide disaster relief.

Grant Qualley, Sales Manager – North America, Goldwind Americas
Scott Sklar, President, The Stella Group, Ltd.

5:15 pm
Closing Address
Padma Kasthurirangan
, Co-Founder, Buffalo Renewables, Program Chair

5:30 pm

5:30 – 7:00 pm
Happy Hour
Avenue Grill, JW Marriott

Thursday, March 1st – Lobby Day

Senate Room, JW Marriott

8:00 – 8:30 am
Welcome Coffee & Lobbying 101

8:30 – 9:10 am
Policy Briefing

9:15 – 9:30 am
Load Buses

10:00 – 4:30 pm
Lobby Day on the Hill

5:00 – 6:30 pm
Capitol Hill Reception

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