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Wind Powering America 12th Annual All-States Summit Proceedings

May 9, 2013; Chicago, Illinois

Attended by 77 people at the Illinois Institute of Technology's Hermann Hall and an additional 71 via webinar, the Summit, which follows the American Wind Energy Association's annual WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition, provided state Wind Working Groups, energy officials, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and national laboratory representatives, as well as professional and institutional partners an opportunity to review successes, opportunities, and challenges for wind energy and to plan future collaboration.

An audiovisual file and transcript of the webinar are available.


  • DOE Welcome: Jonathan Bartlett, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Welcome and Introduction: Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Wind Powering America (WPA) Welcome: Ian Baring-Gould, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Around the room introductions: All

Strategic Education and Outreach Update

  • Overview of DOE programmatic strategies: Jonathan Bartlett, U.S. Department of Energy

How to Ride a Rollercoaster: Success Stories Despite Uncertain Times

During this session, state and industry leaders (including project developers and manufacturers) shared how they handle the current uncertainty in the wind market. This session provided insight into how states, wind working groups, and other state or regional non-governmental organizations can support continued appropriate wind project development in uncertain times.

Table Topics

Attendees had a chance to speak with subject matter experts in a small group setting. Topics included:

  • Systems Integration and the Energy Imbalance Market: Michael Milligan
  • Working with Public Power: Randy Manion
  • DOE/WPA Overview: Jonathan Bartlett, Ian Baring-Gould
  • NIMBY/Social Acceptance: Eric Lantz
  • Zoning and Permitting: Rich VanderVeen
  • Avian/Wildlife: Karin Sinclair
  • Economic Development Analysis: Suzanne Tegen
  • Offshore Wind Technology and Development: Simon Mahan
  • Wind Resource Assessment: Charles Newcomb
  • Distributed Wind Technology and Deployments: Larry Flowers
  • Policy and Markets: Ryan Wiser
  • Wind for Schools: Dan McGuire

Lunch Keynote

Award Ceremony

The following people and groups were recognized:

  • South Dakota Wind Working Group, Outstanding Wind Working Group
    For steadfastness and excellence in conducting wind outreach to South Dakota stakeholders
  • Ken Starcher and Vaughn Nelson, Alternative Energy Institute at West Texas A&M University, Outstanding Wind Leadership in Education Award
    For ongoing, extraordinary efforts to advance wind energy education
  • James Madison University, Outstanding Wind Powering America Partner Award
    For continuing support of Wind Powering America (including the Wind for Schools Project and the offshore JEDI analysis) and dogged persistence in helping to further wind development in Virginia
  • Andy Kruse, Larry Flowers Outstanding Leadership Award
    For being a visionary, an advocate, a salesman, an optimist, and a tireless spokesman for distributed wind
  • Simon Mahan, Novus Ventus (New Wind) Award
    For dedication to wind energy outreach efforts and helping to ignite interest in land-based and offshore wind development in the Southeast
  • Brent Summerville, Small Wind Leadership Award
    For visionary leadership and constant striving to increase the credibility of the small wind network
  • Western Resource Advocates, Western Regional Leadership Award
    For bold leadership in supporting renewable energy development and articulating the water/energy nexus in the Western states
  • Wind on the Wires, Midwestern Regional Leadership Award
    For ongoing efforts to overcome barriers to wind energy deployment in the Midwest
  • Clean Energy States Alliance, Eastern Regional Leadership Award
    For extraordinary efforts to facilitate and support wind energy deployment in the Eastern states
  • Chugach Electric Association, Fire Island Wind Farm, Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI), Carpe Ventum Award
    In recognition of efforts to develop the first utility-scale wind farm in Alaska.

2012 Wind Technologies Market Report Summary

Business Models and Policy in Troubled Markets

This session provided an overview of innovative business models that are being used to deploy all types of wind technology, even during the current market uncertainty.