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Wind Powering America 11th Annual All-States Summit Proceedings

June 7, 2012; Atlanta, Georgia

Approximately 100 members of Wind Powering America's network attended the 11th Annual All-States Summit on June 7 at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center in Atlanta, with an additional 53 attending via webinar. The Summit, which follows the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA's) annual WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition, provides state Wind Working Groups, state energy officials, Energy Department and National Laboratory representatives, and professional and institutional partners an opportunity to review successes, opportunities, and challenges for wind energy and plan future collaboration.

Welcome

  • Energy Department Welcome and Program Introduction: Jonathan Bartlett, Wind Program of the U.S. Department of Energy
  • Georgia Tech Welcome and Introduction: Tom Horton, Georgia Tech
  • Wind Powering America Welcome and Focus: Ian Baring-Gould, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Around the room introductions: All

State of the Wind Market

Panel: Methods to Support Wind Development

This session will look at strategies and approaches that states and communities can use to advance markets, increase demand, and increase investment in wind energy in the face of low natural gas costs, the potential loss of the PTC, and continued lack of a national energy policy. Effective state development finance tools and state policies/programs were discussed, including:

Renewable Energy Futures Study: Examining the long-term market with a high contribution of renewable energy

Ed DeMeo, Renewable Energy Consulting Services

Award Ceremony

One of the highlights of the Summit is an awards presentation recognizing the accomplishments of peers. For the second year network stakeholders participated in an online survey to nominate individuals for awards. Team members at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Energy Department reviewed the nominations and presented the following awards:

  • Outstanding Wind Working Group: Georgia Wind Working Group for efforts to promote wind energy in Georgia and the Southeast, including support for the 2012 WINDPOWER Conference
  • Outstanding Leadership in Education: Gwen Andersen of St. Francis University for her efforts to spearhead the development of wind energy education
  • Outstanding Wind Powering America Partner: Southern Alliance for Clean Energy for efforts to support land-based and offshore wind energy development in the Southeast
  • Larry Flowers Outstanding Leadership Award: Mackinaw Power and the Gratiot Community Wind Project for demonstrating leadership in developing wind projects in harmony with the local community
  • Outstanding Young Advocate Award: Karin Wadsack of Northern Arizona University for her incredible energy and creativity in developing wind energy education across the state
  • Small Wind Leadership Award: Brett Pingree for his tireless efforts in support of the small and community wind industry
  • Western Regional Leadership Award: Western Interstate Energy Board for forward-thinking efforts to develop the Western Renewable Energy Zones and multi-state collaboration in transmission planning
  • Midwestern Regional Leadership Award: Windustry for supporting community wind development and the Community Wind across America conference series
  • Eastern Regional Leadership Award: Massachusetts Clean Energy Center for long-term, strong leadership in offshore and community-scale wind development
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Dwight Bailey for his tireless efforts in support of wind energy and regional networks.

Table Topics

Rotation among wind energy experts covering these topical fields: avian/wildlife, wind resource assessment, community wind development, transmission and integration, economic development analysis, Wind for Schools, federal loads/lands, working with co-ops and power companies, NIMBY/social acceptance/property values/sound zoning and permitting, offshore wind technology and development, communications products, wind and radar, Energy Department/WPA overview, small wind development, wind turbine technology, state and federal policy for wind, project finance, state markets and motivations, Renewable Futures Study.

Marketing Strategies Break-Out Discussion

Facilitated breakout sessions.

  • Supporting the development of a young wind energy market. Which tools and strategies have helped to promote the understanding and deployment of wind technologies in states with limited wind development? Moderated by Simon Mahan, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
  • Capitalizing on an existing wind market. In states with existing markets but continuing deployment barriers, which activities have been successful in expanding wind deployment and could be used to continue forward momentum? Moderated by Ian Baring-Gould, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Learning new approaches to outreach and organization. New approaches and organizational structures, such as new media, are effective in supporting wind deployment. This session will foster discussion on successful communication approaches to expanding the wind market. Moderated by Ruth Baranowski, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Breakout Reporting and Closing Remarks