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Welcome to the U.S. Distributed Wind Market: 30 GW by 2030
Rules of Engagement, Sustainable Business Models, Strategies to Development


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

Monday, February 27th

1:30 – 5:30 pm
NREL Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP) Industry Forum (registration required)
Senate Room, JW Marriott
CIP Industry Forum Agenda

7:00 – 8:30 pm
Welcome & Opening Reception
Russell Room, JW Marriott
Book signing for Wind Energy for the Rest of Us (2016) by Paul Gipe

Tuesday, February 28th – Business Conference

Senate Room, JW Marriott

7:30 am
Registration & Breakfast

8:00 am
Welcome & Opening Remarks
James Duffy, Nixon Peabody LLP, Program Chair

8:10 am
Keynote Speaker
Julia Hamm, President & CEO, Smart Electric Power Alliance

8:30 am – 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: Larry Flowers, Managing Director, G4Wind

Mike Bergey, President, Bergey Windpower
Ciel Caldwell, President & COO, Northern Power Systems
Mark Jones, CEO, EWT
Jason Kaplan, General Counsel & Head of Policy, United Wind
Kevin Schulte, CEO, SunCommon NY

9:45 am – 10:00 am
Networking Break

10:00 am – 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, strategic investment opportunities on Indian Lands, and lowering energy costs and meeting the needs of remote, off-grid and grid-limited communities.

Moderator: Chris Diaz, Principal, Seminole Financial Services

Patrick Gilman, Distributed Wind Technology Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, Wind Energy Technology Office
Douglas MacCourt, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy
Blake Marshall, U.S. Department of Energy, Advanced Manufacturing Office
Aaron Morris, Assistant Deputy Administrator, Energy Programs, USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Technical Panel

Learn about current efforts to advance distributed wind technologies and expand beyond conventional projects. Topics will include innovations in tower supply and design, new development opportunities with more cost-effective turbines, navigating unique behind-the-meter community wind projects, and other industry technology updates.

Moderator: Eileen Prado, Executive Director, ICC-SRCC & ICC-SWCC

Paul Dawson, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Eocycle
Paul Gipe, Author, Advocate & Analyst, wind-works.org
Wes Slaymaker, President, WES Engineering

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Networking Lunch

Speaker: Jose Zayas, Director, Wind Energy Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Assessing the Future of Distributed Wind: Opportunities for Behind-the-Meter Projects

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Outreach Strategies & Market Access

Learn about outreach strategies, collaborative opportunities, and finance strategies to advance distributed and community wind domestically and internationally. Topics will include; building consumer confidence, an update from the Wind Energy Regional Resource Centers, the future of the Wind for Schools Program, and U.S. and international financing for distributed wind projects.

Moderator: Britton Rife, Assistant Director, DWEA

Lisa Daniels, Executive Director, Windustry
Larry Flowers, Managing Director, G4Wind
Mark Riedy, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Distributed Wind: Made in America

Hear from U.S. distributed wind turbine manufacturers and learn about their domestic manufacturing success stories. Topics of interest include opportunities for domestic growth, growing export markets, and lessons for the future.

Moderator: Kevin Schulte, CEO, SunCommon NY

Mike Bergey, President, Bergey Windpower
David McDougall, Director North American Sales, Distributed Wind, Northern Power Systems
Thomas Williams, CEO, Ventera Wind

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Networking Break

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Getting to 30 GW by 2030

With a potential to create 150,000 jobs and contribute 30 GW of energy supply by 2030, distributed wind could be the next clean tech boom in the U.S. This session will examine renewable energy tax credits, state policies and promising markets, opportunities with rural electric cooperatives, and strategies for building partnerships and advocacy to advance the distributed wind industry.

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

Jason Kaplan, General Counsel & Head of Policy, United Wind
Forrest Milder, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
Alice Orrell, Energy Analyst, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Scott Sklar, President, The Stella Group, Ltd.

5:15 pm
Closing Address
James Duffy
, Nixon Peabody LLP, Program Chair

5:30 pm

5:30 – 7:00 pm
DWEA & WoWE Networking Reception, Windustry Awards
1331 Bar & Lounge, JW Marriott
* No-host bar

Wednesday, March 1st – Lobby Day

Senate Room, JW Marriott

7:30 am
Registration & Breakfast

8:00 – 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
Manik Roy, Green Capitol, LLC

8:30 – 9:10 am
Policy Briefing
Mike Bergey, President, Bergey Windpower
Kevin Schulte, CEO, SunCommon NY

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

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

5:30 – 7:00 pm
Capitol Hill Reception
Location: Capitol Visitor Center, SVC 203
NOTE: Enter with photo ID via the main entrance to the Capitol Visitor Center (east side of the Capitol Building below the East Plaza between Constitution and Independence Avenues).