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Distributed Wind 2016 Agenda

Business Conference – February 23, 2016

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM – 8:40 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Russell Tencer, CEO, United Wind & Program Chair

8:40 AM – 9:00 AM

Keynote Address
David Arfin, CEO of First Energy Finance & Creator of SolarLease®

9:00 AM – 10:30 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, impact of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), 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: Larry Flowers, Managing Director, G4Wind

Mike Bergey, President, Bergey Windpower
Mark Jones, President, EWT
Dan Juhl, Chairman, Juhl Energy
John Pimentel, President, Foundation Windpower
Brett Pingree, Vice President- Global Sales, Endurance Windpower
Russell Tencer, CEO, United Wind

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Networking Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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, Stella Group, Ltd.

Kevin Kampschroer, Director, Federal High Performance Green Buildings, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
Venus Welch-White, Climate Change Program Office, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Robert Dixon, Senior Advisor, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch with Department of Energy Update

Mark Higgins, Wind & Water Power Technologies Office, Department of Energy

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Tax Credit Update
Learn more about the status of the ITC for distributed wind and the next steps to extend this very important tax credit. The ITC for solar and PTC for wind facilities were recently extended, while the future of the ITC for distributed wind is still in unknown. The distributed wind industry relies on the ITC, and DWEA will be working to extend the small wind ITC.

Moderator: Alice Orrell, Energy Analyst, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

James Duffy, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
Lloyd Ritter, Managing Partner, Green Capitol, LLC

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Developing New Markets
Learn about current and potential opportunities across the country. Topics of interest include reinvigorating the community wind market, opportunities in state policy, collaborating with farmers, international markets, and working with commercial companies.

Moderator: Britton Rife, Policy & Communication Consultant, eFormative Options

Lisa Daniels, Executive Director, Windustry
Ed Doody, Owner, Lawrence Doody and Sons, LLC
Heather Rhoads-Weaver, Founder & Principal Consultant, eFormative Options
Darrin Russell, Manager of North American Sales, Northern Power Systems

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Networking Break

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Distributed Wind Cost Competitive
This session focuses on the steps being taken across the distributed wind industry supply chain to decrease overall costs in an effort to make projects cost competitive

Moderator: Charles Newcomb, Director of Technical Strategy, Endurance Windpower

Suzanne Tegen, Section Manager, Wind & Water Deployment, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Jason Kaplan, Counsel & Head of Policy, United Wind
Ryan Storke, Division Manager, CEC Energy
Paul Roamer, President, Ethos Distributed Solutions

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Export Opportunities
With over 11.2 MW of distributed wind systems exported in 2014, this session will discuss resources, opportunities, and partnerships available to the industry.

Moderator: Mark Reidy, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Craig O’Connor, Director of Business Development, US Export Import Bank
Drew Bennett, Private Enterprise Officer, USAID-Power Africa

5:30 PM – 5:45 PM
Closing Remarks
Russell Tencer, CEO, United Wind & Program Chair

5:45 PM – 7:00 PM
DWEA and WoWE Networking Reception Location: Avenue Grill at the JW Marriott
* No-host bar

Lobby Day – February 24, 2016

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Lobbying 101

Learn important tips for effective lobbying, including strategic messaging, importance of congressional committees, and expected outcomes for your Capitol Hill meetings.

Lloyd Ritter, Managing Partner, Green Capitol, LLC
Ryan Stroschein, Senior Partner, Green Capitol, LLC

8:30 AM – 9:10 AM
Policy Briefing

Kevin Schulte, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Energy Development (SED)
Mike Bergey, President, Bergey Windpower Load Buses

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM
Load Buses
Location: Pennsylvania Ave. Entrance
NOTE: Buses will leave promptly at 9:15AM.

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Lobby Day
Location: Capitol Hill
NOTE: Please call or text Jennifer Jenkins if you have any problems 928-380-6012.

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Capitol Hill Reception
Location: U.S. Capitol, Senate Room S-115, See map in packet for entrance
NOTE: Arrive by 5:15 PM