in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

The WINDPOWER 2013 Conference & Exhibition officially began Monday morning in Chicago. New leadership for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) will be inducted, followed by a packed schedule of educational sessions and a dynamic exhibition covering the area of 11 football fields.

According to AWEA, WINDPOWER 2013's program is organized around the theme Solutions for Success - fitting for the event's central location to American wind power and the industry's current priorities. AWEA says the Midwest is the most active region in the U.S. for wind energy development, and a manufacturing supply chain has sprung up in the area.

WINDPOWER 2013 also marks the start of a new industry year, with Gabriel Alonso, CEO of EDP Renewables North America, beginning his one-year term as board chair.

In addition, during the Opening Session, the industry will officially meet AWEA's incoming CEO, Tom Kiernan, who starts in his new position May 28. Kiernan comes to AWEA from the National Parks Conservation Association and was a senior official at the Environmental Protection Agency under President George H.W. Bush’s administration. AWEA says he offers business experience and a bipartisan approach to policy.

“I'm excited to be able to help kick off WINDPOWER,” says Kiernan. “I’ve heard so much about this great event, and I know it will be the perfect way to begin immersing myself in the industry. Most importantly, I look forward to meeting the people who represent American wind power and hearing their stories - the people who never stop advancing the clean, affordable, homegrown energy that has become such an economic engine for this region, and opportunity for our nation.”

AWEA says Monday's schedule features a full slate of Technical Training Courses - a brand-new set of extended sessions addressing the hands-on side of the industry, from effective operation-and-maintenance practices and wind resource assessment, to electrical safety for managers and an examination of wind’s environmental, economic and social impact. The courses are led by AWEA member companies and organizations specializing in the respective areas.





Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Canadian Wind Industry Urges For More Federal Support

The Canadian Wind Energy Association says the country's federal government, once a big industry supporter, should again back wind power.


Wind And Solar Helped California Grid During Challenging Summer

According to the California Independent System Operator, the state suffered from heat waves and drought this year, and wind power played a "significant role" in keeping the lights on.


Recapping The Wind Industry's Third-Quarter Deals

Mercom Capital Group recaps investment and merger and acquisition activity during July, August and September.


Yearly Installed Capacity Figures Already Beat 2013 Numbers, More Wind On The Way: AWEA

While the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) lobbies Congress to extend the production tax credit, the association notes wind projects now under construction signal a vibrant 2015.


Yahoo Inks Contract To Buy Kansas Wind Power

The Internet company plans to log in to the Alexander wind project, which is being built by community developer OwnEnergy.

Renewable NRG_id1934
BG 2015DblBox_id2032
Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
Canwea_id1984