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Wind Powering America 10th Annual All-States Summit Proceedings

May 26, 2011; Anaheim, California

Approximately 110 members of Wind Powering America's network attended the 10th Annual All-States Summit on May 26 in Anaheim. The Summit, which followed the annual WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition, provided Wind Powering America's network of state wind working groups, state energy officials, DOE and national lab Wind Powering America representatives and its professional and institutional partners an opportunity to review successes, opportunities, and challenges for wind at the state level. Participants shared strategies/lessons learned, reviewed priority activities/topics, and celebrated and recognized accomplishments among peers. The Summit featured plenary sessions, regional and state breakouts, and smaller group discussions on focused issues, as well as presentations and remarks from invited national guest speakers. Summit participants included leaders of Wind Powering America's state wind working groups, institutional partners, wind industry experts, and DOE and National Laboratory staff.


  • DOE Wind Program and Direction: Mark Higgins, U.S. Department of Energy
  • DOE Wind Deployment Direction: Michele DesAutels, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Around the room introductions
  • WPA Current Focus and Direction: Ian Baring-Gould, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

State of The Wind Market

Panel on Barriers to National Wind Deployment

This session addressed the most common barriers to wind deployment highlighted during the series of six regional Wind Powering America wind meetings. Each speaker talked for about 10 minutes followed by discussion.

New Direction in Energy and How Does Wind Play

Larry Flowers, American Wind Energy Association

Table Topics

Rotation between experts on all elements of wind technology and wind deployment—allowed individuals to discuss problems they are facing or technologies that they want to know more about.

National Barrier Break-Out Discussion

Facilitated breakout sessions with national experts addressing: 1) How can states and regions work together to address challenges, 2) What models are out there to address these issues 3) How can Wind Powering America work to assist state and regional organizations address the national level challenges to wind technologies.

  • Public Acceptance of Wind Technologies
  • Lack of State Markets
  • Transmission Limitations
  • Obstructive Local Planning
  • Barriers to Community and Distributed Wind
  • Regional Networks and Funding

Breakout Reporting and Closing Remarks