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

Morning Presentations

Afternoon Presentations

Tuesday, February 27th 

8:30 – 10:30 am
Department of Energy, Distributed Wind Industry Engagement Forum
Senate Room, JW Marriott
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) invites industry stakeholders to join WETO and DOE laboratory staff for an informal discussion on the future of the distributed wind industry, distributed wind research priorities, life cycle energy cost predications and calculation processes, and market development strategies. Although not the focus of the discussion, the WETO staff is interested in feedback on current programmatic priorities and thoughts regarding future research deployment from across the distributed wind technology spectrum.

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

5:30 – 7:00 pm
Informal Dinner
The Hamilton
600 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Wednesday, February 28th – Business Conference

Senate Room, JW Marriott

7:30 am
Registration & Breakfast

8:00 am
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Padma Kasthurirangan
, President, Buffalo Renewables, Program Chair

8:10 am
Keynote Speaker
Heather ZichalManaging Director of Corporate Engagement, The Nature Conservancy

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 as they cover the state of their 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 & CEO, Bergey Windpower
Ciel Caldwell, President & COO, Northern Power Systems
Paul Roamer, President, Ethos Distributed Solutions
Russell Tencer, Founder & 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 export markets, opportunities for on-site operational energy, and research and development activities.

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

Cora Dickson, Senior International Trade Specialist, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Troy Warshel, Director of Current Operations, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy
Patrick Gilman, Distributed Wind Technology Manager & Modeling and Analysis Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy

11:10 am – 12:10 pm
Positive Updates to Impact the Market
Explore current efforts to advance distributed wind technologies and expand beyond conventional projects. Identify new business opportunities to support orphaned turbines and get updates on the evolution of distributed wind technology and unique financing opportunities.

Moderator:  James Duffy, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP

Alice Orrell, Energy Analyst, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Mike Bergey, President & CEO, Bergey Windpower
Tony Grappone, Partner, Novogradac & Company LLP

12:15 – 1:15 pm
Networking Lunch
Speaker:  Michael Leitman, Strategic Analyst, ‎National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

The Renewable Landscape of America’s Electric Cooperatives
America’s Electric Cooperatives provide electricity to 42 million Americans in 47 states. Renewable resources play a large and growing part in the electric cooperative resource mix. This presentation will provide an overview of the electric cooperatives and renewables, and the important role that distributed generation including small wind can play in providing options for local generation.

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 economic development experts 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

Ciel Caldwell, President & COO, Northern Power Systems
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 defining market potential in key states, business advocacy and rural economic development in Kansas and Colorado, and New York’s progressive on-site power incentive programs and Reforming the Energy Vision process.

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 Attorney, Roger Freeman LLC
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, and system integrators discuss opportunities for on-site power to promote energy security and resiliency and provide disaster relief.

Moderator: Russell Tencer, Founder & CEO, United Wind

Padma Kasthurirangan, President, Buffalo Renewables
Robert Magyar, Managing Director, Navitus Strategies
Scott Sklar, President, The Stella Group, Ltd.

5:15 pm
Closing Address
Padma Kasthurirangan
, President, Buffalo Renewables, Program Chair

5:30 pm

5:30 – 7:00 pm
Happy Hour
Windustry’s Annual Community Wind & Sustainable Energy Awards

1331 Bar & Lounge, JW Marriott

8:30 pm
Informal Dinner
Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Thursday, March 1st – Lobby Day

Senate Room, JW Marriott

7:30 – 8:00 am
Registration, Breakfast & Team Assignments

8:00 – 8:40 am
Federal Policy Briefing
Lloyd Ritter, Managing Partner, Green Capitol, LLC
Mike Bergey, President & CEO, Bergey Windpower
James Duffy, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP

8:40 – 9:10 am
Lobbying 101
Lloyd Ritter, Managing Partner, Green Capitol, LLC
Mike Bergey, President & CEO, Bergey Windpower
James Duffy, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP

9:15 – 9:30 am
Load Buses

10:00 – 5:00 pm
Lobby Day on the Hill