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Our Program

Thank you to all who attended and contributed to Maine's second Wind Energy Conference on January 24-25, 2011 at the Augusta Civic Center.

MWEC 2011 Conference Schedule

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Presentations from the 2011 Conference

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Monday, January 24

Morning Sessions:

NREL's Wind Powering America program, Ian Baring-Gould, NREL

Overview of Maine's Wind Energy Goals and How Wind Fits into the State's Comprehensive Energy Plan - John Kerry, Governor's Office of Energy Independence and Security

Wind in Maine Today: Progress, Projects & Prospects - Dylan Voorhees, Natural Resources Council of Maine

Afternoon Sessions:

Track 1: Keeping and Reaping the Local Benefits of Wind Power

Wind for Schools Programs and Nurturing a New Workforce in Maine

Facilitator: Jennifer Puser, Governor's Office of Energy Independence and Security

NREL Wind Powering America's "Wind for Schools Program" and National Workforce Development - Ian Baring-Gould, NREL's Wind Powering America Program

University of Maine at Presque Isle's Medium-Scale Wind Turbine and Curriculum, One Yearl Later: How it is Growing Expertise, Skills and Awareness - Dr. Donald Zillman and Charles Bonin, UMPI

"Community Benefits" and Other Economic Development in Maine

Facilitator: Jeremy Payne, Maine Renewable Energy Association

Maine's Unique Leadership Approach to Ensuring that its Host Communities Benefit - Jeffrey Thaler, Esq., Bernstein Shur

The Economic Development Potential of Wind Power and What's at Stake for Wind Businesses in Maine - Jackson Parker, Reed & Reed


Track 2: Wind Project Development in Action Around the U.S. and Maine

Celebrations in Community Wind Projects

Facilitator: Paul McGlinn, Community Generation Partners

New Models, Hybrids and Examples of Community Wind - Lisa Daniels, Windustry

Community Wind Examples in the Northeast U. S. - Kevin Schulte, Sustainable Energy Developments, Inc.

Fox Islands Wind, the East's First Co-op Community Wind Project: Demonstrating Price Reduction - Suzanne Pude, Island Institute and Fox Islands Electric Co-op

Innovations and Developments in Public Acceptance

Facilitator: Beth Sturtevant, CCB, Inc.

Landowner Agreements, a New Form of Organizing and Local Leadership - Lisa Daniels, Windustry

Wind-powered Heat - Sam Zaitlin, Thermal Energy Storage of Maine

New England Wind Energy Education Project - Bob Grace, Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC

Public Acceptance Developments in the U.S. - Larry Flowers, AWEA


Track 3: Powering the Future of Maine

Offshore Deepwater Wind and Keeping Maine in the Lead

Facilitator: Paul Williamson, Maine Wind Industry Initiative

Update on the DeepCwind Consortium's Research Program and the Maine PUC's RFP for a 25 MW "Prototype for the Future" Wind Farm - Dr. Habib Dagher, University of Maine

State & Federal Funding Opportunities for Wind-related R & D including SBIR/STTR and Maine Technology Institute - Karen West, Consultant to the Maine Technology Institute

Open Panel Discussion of Criteria and Advice from 3 Turbine Manufacturers on Growing the Supply Chain for Maine Businessess

Facilitator: Paul Williamson, Maine Wind Industry Initiative

Daniel Charette, Pioneer Wind Energy Systems

Jason Greenspan, Vergnet Americas

Chris Lamonia, Northern Power Systems


Tuesday, January 25

Track 1: Developing Small, Medium and "Small Scale Commercial" Community Wind Projects

Getting Started from Small to Small Scale Commercial

Facilitator: Sue Jones, Maine Wind Working Group

First steps: Siting and Sizing, and Other Initial Considerations for Projects - Trudy Forsyth, NREL Wind Powering America

Technical and Permitting

Facilitator: Kevin Schulte, Sustainable Energy Developments, Inc.

Making Sense of Financing - Kevin Schulte, Sustainable Energy Developments, Inc.

Permitting Projects - Katherine Joyce, Bernstein Shur

Manufacturer Presentations and Facilitated Q & A

Facilitator: Trudy Forsyth, NREL Wind Powering America

Northern Power Systems
Vergnet Americas
Unison DXP
Nordic Windpower
Pioneer Power Solutions

Funding and Financing Community Wind Projects

Facilitator: Sue Jones, Maine Wind Working Group

Wind Rebates and Low Interest Loans for Small Wind - Andy Meyer, Efficiency Maine

Maine's Feed in Tariff and Netmetering - Christine Cook, Maine Public Utilities Commission

USDA's Rural Energy for America Program, Dean Churchill, USDA Rural Development

Funding and Financing Community Wind Projects (continued)

USDA's Community Facilities Program - Ron Lambert, USDA Rural Development

USDA Farm Service Agency's Loan Program - Deborah Dufour, USDA Farm Service Agency


Track 2: Creating an Offshore Wind Framework for Maine and other States

Introduction to Offshore Wind: The Long-term View

Facilitator: Bob Lindyberg, University of Maine

Introducing Offshore Wind - Jake Ward, University of Maine

From 20 to 10 Cents - Gary Hunt, University of Maine

Statewide Survey

Facilitator: Mario Teisl, University of Maine

The Big Picture - Mario Teisl, University of Maine
Caroline Noblet, University of Maine

Offshore Wind: Maine Made

Facilitator: Paul Williamson, Maine Wind Industry Initiative

An Overview of the Offshore Wind Supply Chain in Maine - Paul Williamson, Maine Wind Industry Initiative

Maine's Port Infrastructure - Patrick Arnold

Large-scale Manufacturing in Maine - Bill Follett, Cianbro

Critical Path Permitting

Facilitator: Michael Murphy, HDR/DTA

Navigating the BOEMRE Process in Maine - Jake Ward, University of Maine

Federal Permitting - Peter Browne, HDR/DTA

Maine State Permitting Issues - Andy Qua, Kleinschmidt

The Ocean Energy Task Force and the Offshore Wind Test Sites - Matthew Nixon, Maine State Planning Office

Environmental Issues

Facilitator: Dr. Heather Deese, Island Institute

Overview of Environmental Conditions in the Gulf of Maine - Dr. Pete Jumars, University of Maine

Geophysical and Geotechnical Conditions in the Gulf of Maine - Dr. Melissa Landon Maynard, University of Maine