Community Wind Energy 2008

2008 Conference Program

Proceedings from Community Wind Energy 2008 are now available!

The proceedings are available as a CD-ROM. The disc contains more than 28 hours of recordings of all the conference sessions*, including question and answer sessions, and PDF copies of presenters' slides.

(Click here to view a PDF copy of the Conference Program.)

If you were a registered attendee, you will receive your copy by mail.

Monday, April 14, 2008

7:00-8:00 am Early Bird Session: Wind Energy Basics

Overview of Distributed Wind (small and community), Trudy Forsyth, NREL

Federal Tax Basics for Community Wind Projets, Ed Ing, Attorney at Law

7:30 – 8:30 am Registration Open, Continental Breakfast available

8:30 – 9:15 am Welcome Session: Opening Remarks

  • Lisa Daniels, Executive Director, Windustry
  • Larry Flowers,Team Leader, NWTC
  • Peggy Beltrone, Cascade County Commisioner, '25 * '25 Steering Committee
  • James Walker, COO EnXco, Inc. and President-Elect of AWEA


9:15-10:40 am Plenary Session: Assessing our Electricity Choices
Moderator and Speaker: Scott Sklar, The Stella Group

  • Environmental Impacts of our Electricity Choices, Mark Watson, Program Manager, Environmental Research, New York State Energy and Research Development Authority
  • The True Costs of Mining Coal, Dave Cooper, Lecturer, Mountain Top Removal Road Show
  • Wind Energy, Environmental Quality, and Public Participation, Dereth Glance, Executive Program Director, Citizens Campaign For the Environment

10:40-11:00 Morning Break Among Exhibits

11:00-12:30 pm Breakout Session I
Community Wind: Local Economic Benefits: Economic Development from Community Wind
Moderator/Speaker: David Benson, Nobles County Commissioner

  • Landowner Views:Living with Wind Turbines, Donna Griffin, Fenner Renewable Energy Education
  • Impacts of Wind Farms on Tourism, Jim Walter, Madison County Tourism
  • Results from a Property Value Investigation Surrounding Wind Turbines in Madison County, NY and Beyond, Ben Hoen, Lawrence Berkeley Lab

Community Wind Public Policy: What Works and What’s Needed
Moderator:/Speaker: Peggy Beltrone

  • Community Wind Policies from the Midwest Heartland, Minnesota Senator Ellen Anderson
  • New York's Investment in Wind: Policies that Work, Carol Murphy, ACE NY
  • The Potential for Feed-In Tariffs in the US, Wilson Rickerson, RE Strategies Inc

Residential and Small Wind: Consumer Primer

  • Ernie Prichard, Sustainable Energy Developments, Inc
  • Roy Butler, Four Winds Renewable Energy

12:30 – 2:00 pm Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 pm Breakout Session II
Community Wind: Thinking Outside the Box: Clean Energy Funds and Access to Turbines
Moderator:Kevin Schulte, Sustainable Energy Developments,Inc. & Lisa Daniels, Executive Director, Windustry

  • How State Clean Energy Funds Have Supported Community Wind (and what they might do differently in the future) Roger Clark, The Reinvestment Fund, Sustainable Development Fund
  • The Community Power Fund, Meghan MacLennan, Community Power Fund


  • Leif Andersen, Suzlon
  • Brett Pingree, Distributed Energy Systems
  • Theo DeWolff, Robcar Investments LLC
  • Andrew R. Lockhart, DeWind, Inc.

Community Wind: Case Studies and New Opportunities
Moderator: Nathan Rudgers, Farm Credit of Western New York

  • Potential for Community Wind Projects in Pennsylvania, Tom Tuffey, PennFuture
  • Hull Wind- A Massachusettes Community Gets Green, Andrew Stern, Hull Wind
  • Economics of a Community-Owned Wind Farm: The School of Hard Knox, Loren Pukowski, Sustainable Energy Developments, Inc

Residential and Small Wind: Small and Midsized Applications
Moderator: Bill Holmes, Stoel Rives LLP

  • Distributed Wind for Public Projects, Charles Newcomb, Entegrity Wind
  • Observations, Opportunities and Obstacles for Onsite Wind, Bob Bechtold, Harbec Plastics
  • Medford School Project, Dave Strong, SED, Inc.

3:30 – 4:00 pm Afternoon Break Among Exhibits

4:00 – 5:30 pm Breakout Session III
Community Wind: Financing Community Wind: Equity and Developers Panel
Moderator: Ben Koenigsberg, Chadbourn Parke

  • Lorenzo Landini, Fortis Capital
  • Matt Ferguson, Reznick Group
  • Jacob Susman, OwnEnergy
  • Jim Duffy, Nixon Peabody
  • Cameron Brooks, Renewable Choice Energy

Community Wind: Distributed Generation: New Markets, New Tools
Moderator: Mark Dougherty, LIPA

  • Tom Wind, Wind Utility Consulting
  • Renewable Energy and Demand Response-Smart Solutions for Brililant Communities, Audrey Zibleman, Viridity, LLC
  • Introducing the DeWind D8.2 2000kW Wind Turbine, Andrew R. Lockhart, DeWind, Inc.
  • Electric Vehicle Fleets as Backup for Wind Power, Jacqueline Peiro, University of Deleware

Residential and Small Wind: Small Wind Turbine Manufacturers Panel
Moderator: Rebecca Pilcher-Cleland, Windustry
Panel Members:

  • Andy Kruse, Southwest Windpower
  • Steve Wilke, Bergey Windpower
  • Robert Preuse, Abundant Renewable Energy
  • Brett Pingree, Distributed Energy Systems
  • Charles Newcomb, Entegrity Wind
  • David Laino, Endurance Windpower


5:30 – 7:30 pm Networking Reception

  • New York Governor David Paterson (confirmed)
  • Carol Murphy, Alliance for Clean Energy New York

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

7:30-8:30 am Registration and Continental breakfast

8:30-10:00 am Breakout Session I
Community wind: Wind Development Overview
Moderator: Terry Nicol, RES

  • Overview of Wind Development Process, Wes Slaymaker, EcoEnergy
  • Wind Resource Assesments, Jim Adams, AWS TrueWind
  • Primer on Cheif Federal Tax Incentives for Wind Development, Ed Ing, Attorney at Law
  • Choosing an Appropriate Partnership Flip Structure For Your Project: Implications of IRS Safe Harbor Guidelines, Mark Bolinger, Lawrence Berkley Lab


Community Wind: Mid-sized Market
Moderator: Theo DeWolff, Robcar Investments, LLC

  • Heron Wind Manufacturing, Steve Smiley, Heron Wind Manufacturing
  • Northwind 100: Making Community Wind Happen, Brett Pingree, Distributed Energy Systems
  • Financing Wind Projects, John Ravis, TD Bank Project Finance

Residential and Smal Wind: Policy Panel in the Northeast
Moderator: Ellen Lutz, Board Member Clean Energy States Alliance

  • Small Wind in New York, Jennifer Harvey, NYSERDA
  • Vermont Small Wind Policy, David Hill, VEIC
  • Small Wind Opportuniteis in Pennsylvania, Kerry Campbell, PA Dept.of Environmental Protection

10:00-10:30 Morning Break Among Exhibits

10:30-12:00 Breakout Session II
Community Wind: Business Models: Community Wind Developers Panel
Moderator: David Kolsrud, DAK Renewable Energy
Panel Members:

  • Dan Juhl, DanMar & Associates
  • Kevin Schulte, SED, Inc.
  • Mark Willers, MinWind Energy, LLC
  • Ryan Wolf, Wolf Wind

Community Wind: Comprehensive Planning, Permitting, Siting and Zoning
Moderator/Speaker:Local Planning and Zoning for Wind, Katherine Daniels, NY Planning Federation

  • Overview of the Environmental, Engineering and Construction Aspects of Wind Project Development, Anntonette Alberti, Tetra Tech EC
  • Sound Permitting for Small Scale Wind Projects, Howard Quin, Tech Environmental
  • Major Permitting and Environmental Review Requirments for Community Wind Projects, Rich Cogen, Nixon Peabody

Residential and Small Wind: Federal Policies for Small Wind
Moderator: Vicki Colello, NYSERDA

  • Wind Policy and Section 9006 in the 2008 Farm Bill, Scott Collins, NY USDA Rural Development
  • Federal Small Wind Policy, David Blittersdorff, Earth Turbines
  • Andy Kruse, Southwest Windpower
  • Certifying Small Wind Turbines, Larry Sherwood, IREC

12:00-1:40 Lunch

  • Speaker: Paul Tonko, NYSERDA

1:45-3:15 pm Breakout Session III
Community wind: Selling your Power & REC's and Project Cash Flow

Moderator: Valerie Strauss, ACE NY

  • John Saintcross, New York State Energy and Research Development Authority
  • Mitigating Risk in Projecting Wind Farm Performance, Larry Sinesio, Windlogics
  • Building your Proforma, Tom Wind, Wind Utility Consulting

Community wind: Various Shapes of Community Wind:Public, Provate, Wholesale and Retail
Moderator: David Barclay, NESEA

  • Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, District 144 (Buffalo, NY)
  • Community Wind in Rural Albany County:Wind Resource and Environmental Studies, Kathleen Moore, Integrated Environmental Data, LLC
  • Northern Plains Intertribal Wind Project, Pat Spears, ICOUP
  • Retail Offset School Projects, Dave Strong, SED, Inc.

Home and Farm Wind: Permitting, Zoning and Siting Issues
Moderator: Jeremy Wittrock, Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association

  • Jonathan Miles, US Department of Energy
  • Zoning, Permitting, Siting in North Carolina, Joe Smith, Appalachian State University
  • Best Practices for Siting and Zoning Small Wind, Megan Amsler, Cape and Island Self Reliance

3:15-3:30 Afternoon Break Among Exhibits

3:30-5:30 Wrap Up-Session
Community wind Wind Industry Forum: Turbine Supply, Warranty, Operations and Maintenance
Moderator: Larry Flowers, NREL

  • Tom Feiler, Clipper Windpower
  • Leif Anderson, Suzlon
  • Tyler Fairbank, EOS Ventures
  • Charles Newcomb, Entegrity Wind, Inc.


Wednesday April 16, 2008

Day trip to Jiminy Peak in Hancock, MA to see a community-owned wind project operating at a commercial ski resort.

*Due to contractual obligations, Ann Bancroft's lunch session is not included in the recordings.

Community Wind Energy 2008

April 14-16, 2008
Empire State Plaza Convention Center
Albany, New York

Windustry hosted more than 450 people in Albany, NY for the premier national conference bringing economic development, agriculture and wind energy together to advance opportunities for locally-owned clean energy production. We shared experiences and information to harness the growing momentum for new models, new policies and new projects.


Community Wind Energy 2008: Downloadable Flyers

This page contains downloadable versions of promotional materials for Community Wind Energy 2008.

Please feel free to download and distribute these to any interested parties.

There are currently six flyers offered:

  • CWE08Brochure.pdf: the official conference brochure with agenda information and a registration form.
  • CWE2008 small.pdf: a low-resolution, full-page PDF version suitable for emailing or posting on the web.
  • CWE2008 print quality.pdf: a high-resolution, full-page PDF version suitable for printing
  • CW08 Promo Flyer4 Half Sheet.pdf: a high-resolution, half-page version suitable for printing
  • Exhibit and Sponsor Info 2008.pdf: information about becoming an exhibitor or sponsor of Community Wind Energy 2008.
  • CWE08Postcard: a postcard-sized "Save the Date" flyer, suitable for printing

Please direct any questions to Windustry at the contact information at the bottom of this page.

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