Distributed Wind 2015 Agenda

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Tuesday, March 24th – Business Conference

Business Conference with sessions focused on advancing the knowledge of distributed and community wind professionals that want to learn more about advancing the US market.

  • Hear from CEOs on industry trends and best practices
  • Learn about current and potential opportunities within the Federal government
  • Connect on emerging technologies and efforts to advance this industry
  • Federal policy updates & strategy
  • Unparalleled networking opportunities

Distributed Wind 101 Workshop to be held throughout the day. This new workshop will provide an educational opportunity to learn about the distributed wind industry. Learn what makes distributed wind successful and see the technology up close.  This is an excellent opportunity for anyone new to the industry or those simply wanting to learn from business leaders face to face.

Detailed Agenda

8:00 AM
Registration Opens

8:30 AM – 8:40 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Speaker: Mike Bergey, Bergey Wind Power and DW15 Program Chair

8:40 AM – 9:00AM
Keynote Speaker

Jose Zayas, Office Director, Wind and Water Power Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the Energy Department

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
CEO Panel: State of the Industry

Listen to a panel discussion of national leaders in the renewable energy industry. Topics will include; the state of each renewable energy sector, current efforts to grow the renewable energy market, barriers and opportunities to the development of renewable energy projects nationwide, and opportunities for a cooperative and collaborative clean energy industry future.

Moderator: Larry Flowers, G4Wind

Mike Bergey, Bergey Wind Power
Kevin Schulte, SED
Steve Sherr, Foundation Wind Power
Diego Tebaldi, Northern Power Systems
Kyle K. Wetzel, Ph.D., CTO, Wetzel Engineering, Inc

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

Networking Break

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Federal Agency Opportunities & Updates

Learn about current and potential opportunities within the Federal government. Topics of interest will include research and development activities, programs to boost the agricultural market, distributed programs overseas, and working with the agencies. Learn about the significant opportunities to expand the development of Federal markets and support US activities abroad.

Moderator: Lee Peterson, CohnReznik

Sam Rikkers, USDA Rural Business Service (RBS)
Adam KlingerUS EPA, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Mark Higgins, Department of Energy
Daniel J. Gore, Department of Energy

11:45 PM – 12:45 PM
Lunch with Keynote Speaker
Commissioner Philip Moeller, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Emerging Technologies

Learn about current efforts to advance distributed wind technology. Highlights of this session include an update on the development of an industry roadmap, deployment modeling report, and other technology updates in the industry.

Moderator: Troy Hewitt, Intertek
Brent Summerville,Small Wind Certification Council
Heather Rhoads-Weaver, eFormative Options, LLC
Ian Baring-Gould, NREL
David Burton, Akin Gump Strauss Haueer & Feld LLP

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Emerging Markets & Business Models

Learn about current and potential opportunities abroad with a specific focus on successful financing models in foreign markets. Other updates will include specific market sectors identified by industry leaders as key markets to develop and pursue.

Moderator: Ryan Storke, CEC Energy


Peter Lilinthal, HOMER
Brian KillKelley, NativeEnergy
Andrew Walmsley,  American Farm Bureau Federation

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Policies to Promote Distributed and Community Wind Development

Learn about ongoing policy efforts for distributed and community wind sector. Hear updates on federal legislation and regulations. Gain working knowledge to provide talking points to your policy makers.

Moderator: Lloyd Ritter, Green Capitol

Mike Bergey, Bergey Windpower
Kevin Schulte, SED

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Closing Address from the Program Chairs

Wednesday, March 25th  –  Lobby Day

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Lobby Day Registration & Team Assignments

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Lobby 101 Training

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Rally Speech
Congressman Tim Walz (MN-1)

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Policy Brief

9:15 AM
Buses Leave for Capitol Hill

10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Lobby for Distributed Wind

Closing Cocktails on the Hill
Speaker: Congressman David Young (IA-3)