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Nebraska Wind Power 2011 Conference Agenda and Presentations
4th Annual Nebraska Wind Power Conference
November 15 - 16, 2011
Younes Conference Center, Kearney, Nebraska


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Tuesday Morning, November 15, 2011

 

7:30  am

 

Conference Registration -- In Main Lobby

 

Time

 

General Session - Diamond 4-5 Ballroom

8:30 -

8:45 am

Welcome, Presentation of Colors and Pledge of Allegiance

 

Councilman Bruce Lear,  City of Kearney

 

Nebraska Wind Working Group Co-Chairs:

 

Former Senator Cap Dierks, Ewing

 

John Hansen, President, Nebraska Farmers Union

 

Dan McGuire, Facilitator, NREL/DOE Nebraska Wind for Schools

8:45  – 10:30 am

Nebraska Wind Power Basics

Moderator:  John Hansen, Nebraska Wind Working Group Co-Chair

 

Public Power 101: Dean Mueller, Division Manager , Sustainable Energy & Environmental Stewardship, Omaha Public Power District

Wind Power 101:  Dr. Jerry Hudgins, Chair, UNL Electrical Engineering Department

A Developer’s Perspective on Project Siting Issues: Tom Swierczewski, Project Developer, Midwest Wind Energy, LLC

Nebraska Public Power District’s Approach To Wind Development: John Richards, Engineer,  NPPD

10:30 -

11:00 am

 

Tuesday Morning Break - Exhibition Area - Crystal 2-4 Ballroom

Sponsored by Third Planet Wind

Time

Track A Session

Diamond 4-5 Ballroom

Track  B Session

Crystal 1 Ballroom

Track  C Session

Diamond 10 Ballroom

 

11:00 -

11:45 am

EPA  Regulation Impacts on Coal Plants

 

Moderator:  Shelley Sahling Zart, Vice President & General Counsel, Lincoln Electric System

 

Joe Citta, Jr. Corporate Environmental Manager, Nebraska Public Power District

 

Russ Baker, Manager, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, Omaha Public Power District

 

The Legal Rules of the Road for Transmission  Right of Way for Landowners

 

Moderator:   David Levy, Project Developer Legal Counsel  Baird Holm LLP

 

John Crossley, Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP

 

Russell Westerhold, Fraser Stryker

Small Wind Hardware Standards, Testing, and Certification

 

Moderator:  Danielle Jensen, Public & Legislative Liaison, Nebraska Energy Office

 

Trudy Forsyth,  National Renewable Energy Laboratory

12:00 -

1:15

Noon Luncheon - Main Diamond Ballroom

Keynote: James J. Hoecker, Senior Counsel & Energy Strategist, Hush Blackwell

Former Chairman Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 1997 to 2001
“The Electron Superhighway: National Policy Prospects”

Tuesday Afternoon, November 15, 2011

Time

Track A Session

Diamond 4-5 Ballroom

Track  B Session

Crystal 1 Ballroom

Track  C Session

Diamond 10 Ballroom

1:25 -

2:10

 

Nebraska Wind Development Progress Report

 

Moderator: Cap Dierks, NWWG  Co-Chair

 

John O’Connor, Renewable  Energy  Program Manager, NPPD

 

Christene Bywater,  Project Manager, Sustainable Energy and Environmental Stewardship, OPPD

The Local Economic Impact of Wind Projects

 

Moderator:  Ken Lempke, NPPD

 

Ross Knott, President, Petersburg State Bank & Boone County Economic Development Group

 

 AWEA Annual Small Wind Report

 

Moderator:  Dan McGuire NREL/WPA Nebraska Wind for Schools Facilitator

 

Larry Flowers, Deputy Director of Community and Distributed Wind for AWEA

 

 

2:15 -

3:00

 A Strategic Roundtable Discussion on the Direction of Wind Energy Development:  Midwest  vs Offshore

 

Moderator:  Dan McGuire, NWWG  Co-Chair

 

James Hoecker, Senior Counsel & Energy Strategist, Husch Blackwell

 

Larry Flowers, Deputy Director of Community and Distributed Wind for AWEA

 

Dan Juhl, CEO, Juhl Wind, Inc. Woodstock, Minnesota

The Challenges of Managing a Wind Farm

 

Moderator:   Patrick Dalseth,  Midwest Wind Energy, LCC

 

Todd Moody, O & M Manager, Elkhorn Ridge, Edison Mission, Bloomfield

 

Matthew Winter, O & M Manager, Laredo Ridge,  Edison Mission, Petersburg

Chuck Troia, Manager, NPPD Ainsworth Wind Energy Facility

Small Wind Installers Education & Credentials &  Turbine Credentials

 

 Moderator:  Cap Dierks, NWWG  Co-Chair

 

Trudy Forsyth,  National Renewable Energy Laboratory

 

3:00 –

3:30

Tuesday Afternoon Break - Exhibition Area -Crystal 2-4 Ballroom

Sponsored by Fraser Stryker

Time

Track A Session

Diamond 4-5 Ballroom

Track  B Session

Crystal 1 Ballroom

Track  C Session

Diamond 10 Ballroom

 

3:30-

4:15

 

 

 

 

Citizen Involvement and Benefits of Transmission   

 

Moderator :  John Hansen, NWWG Co-Chair

 

Dorothy Barnett, Director of Energy & Transmission, Heartland Alliance for Regional Transmission 

 

Johnathan Hladik, Energy Policy Advocate, Center For Rural Affairs

Aviation Siting Considerations

 

Moderator:  Rich Lombardi, Lobbyist for Wind Coalition, American Communications Group

 

Russ Gasper, Executive Director, Nebraska Department of Aeronautics

 

National Perspectives on Small Wind

 

Moderator:  Michael Shonka,  Sustainability Instructor, Metro Community College

 

 

Trudy Forsyth,  NREL

 

Larry Flowers, Deputy Dir. of Community and Distributed Wind for AWEA

 

4:25–

5:15

NPPD Springview II Wind Farm

 

 Moderator:  Adam Herink, Bluestem, LLC

 

David Rich, Sustainable Energy  Manager, Nebraska Public Power District

 

Rich Walters, General Manager, Ainsworth KBR Rural Public Power District

 

Deb Yocum, USDA Rural Development

A Review of Landowner Wind Contracts

 

Moderator:  John Hansen, NWWG Co-Chair

 

Darrel Hayak, Saline County Wind Assn, LLC

 

John Snow, Hackstaff Law Group, LLC Denver, Colorado

County Planning and Zoning Issues

For Large and Small Wind

 

Moderator:  Graham Christensen, NEFU

 

John Richards, Engineer, NPPD

 

Keith Marvin, Marvin Planning Consultants

 

Robert Byrnes, Chairman Nebraska Renewable Energy Association

5:15 -7:30

Tuesday Evening Reception - Exhibition Area - Crystal 2-4 Ballroom

 

Wednesday Morning November 16, 2011

Time

Track A Session

Diamond 4-5 Ballroom

Track  B Session

Crystal 1 Ballroom

Track  C Session

Diamond 10 Ballroom

7:30 am

Conference Registration -- In Main Lobby

 

7:30 – 9:00 am

Exhibits & Registration Open – Crystal 2-4 Ballroom

9:00 – 10:00 am

Exciting New Electrical Storage Possibilities 

That Help Firm Up Wind Energy Reliability

 

Moderator:  Christene Bywater,  Project Manager, Sustainable Energy and Environmental Stewardship, Omaha Public Power District

 

Dan Juhl, CEO, Juhl Wind, Inc. Woodstock, Minnesota 

 

Mike Matheson, Senior Engineer Generation Strategist,  Nebraska Public Power District

 

Landowner Association Wind Recruitment Strategies

 

Moderator:  Graham Christensen Public Affairs Director, NE Farmers Union

 

David Vavra, Saline County Wind Association, LLC

 

George Johnson, Chairman, Cherry County Wind Energy Association

Wind for Schools

 

Moderator:  Dan McGuire NREL/WPA Nebraska Wind for Schools Facilitator

 

Larry Flowers, Deputy Director, Distributed and Community Wind, AWEA

 

Joel Jacobs, Associate Director, UNL Wind Application Center

 

Chad Johnson, Community Relations/Education Specialist, NPPD

 

10:00 – 10:30 am

 

Wednesday Morning Break - Exhibition Area - Crystal 2-4 Ballroom

Sponsored by Third Planet Wind

 

10:30 – 11:50 am

Maximizing The Big Potential For Smaller Wind  Projects:  Two To Twenty MW’s Roundtable Discussion

 

Moderator: John Hansen, NWWG Co-Chair

 

     Dan Juhl, CEO, Juhl Wind, Inc. Woodstock, Minnesota

 

Larry Flowers, Deputy Director, Distributed and Community Wind, AWEA

 

Adam Herink, Bluestem, LLC

 

Jim Hotovy, NPPD, Transmission Services Consultant

State & Federal Environmental & Wildlife Considerations for Wind Projects & the Permitting Process

 

Moderator:  Ginger Willson, Director Nebraska Energy Office

 

Stephen Bruckner, Partner, Fraser Stryker PC LLO

 

David Levy, Project Developer Legal Counsel, Baird Holm, LLP

 

Michael Montgomery, Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP

 

Wind Training Programs and Higher Education Serving Nebraska’s Wind Industry

 

Moderator:  Joel Jacobs, Associate Director, UNL Wind Application Center

 

Lyle Kathol, Dean of Applied Technology Northeast Community College, Norfolk

 

John Pierce,  Program Chair of Energy Generation Operations, Systems Technology, Southeast Community College

 

Foster Weyand, International Brotherhood of  Electrical Workers

 

12:00 – 1:15 pm

 

 

Wednesday Lunch - Main Diamond Ballroom

Keynote:  Nick Brown, CEO & President, Southwest Power Pool

Wednesday Afternoon, November 16, 2011              

 

Time

Track A Session

Diamond 4-5 Ballroom

Track  B Session

Crystal 1 Ballroom

Track  C Session

Diamond 10 Ballroom

 

1:25 –

2:30 pm

 Growing the Grid

The Wind Farm to Market Highway

 

Moderator:  Jason Fortik, Vice President, Power Supply Division, Lincoln Electric System

 

Nick Brown, CEO & President, Southwest Power Pool 

 

Paul Malone,  Nebraska Public Power District 

 

Larry Flowers, Deputy Director, Distributed and Community Wind, AWEA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wind Energy Education for Public Schools

Teacher Training in Wind Energy Basics 

 

Dr. Jerry Hudgins, Chairman, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Joel Jacobs, Associate Director, UNL Wind Application Center

 

Break

2:30 –

3:00  pm

 

Wednesday Afternoon Break - Exhibition Area -Crystal 2-4 Ballroom

Sponsored by Trade Wind Energy

 

 

3:00 –

3:45 pm

 Nebraska Transmission Advocacy Group

 

Moderator:  Dan Lenihan, Manager, Transmission and Distribution Planning, Omaha Public Power District

 

Andy Pollock, Nebraska Energy Export Association

 

Paul Malone, Nebraska Public Power District

 

Carl Monroe, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Southwest Power Pool

 

 

 

 

 

Wind Energy Education for Public Schools Teacher Training in Wind Energy Basics

(Continued)

Dr. Jerry Hudgins, Chairman, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Joel Jacobs, Associate Director, UNL Wind Application Center

3:45-pm

 

Diamond 4-5 Ballroom                  General Wrap Up, Comments, & Topics For Next Time

 

Platinum Sponsors

The law firm of Husch Blackwell, LLP advises clients in the development, construction, financing and acquisition of traditional and renewable energy projects throughout the United States. To date, the firm has represented wind and solar developers in over 2,000 megwatts under development; biofuel developers in 1.7 billion gallons in annual production; and various biomass and landfill gas facilities in over 1.4 million MMBtu of production.
Gold Sponsors

Fraser Stryker is a Nebraska-based full service law firm headquartered in Omaha. Fraser Stryker counsels developers, utilities, vendors and landowners in the financing, site acquisition, construction, and regulatory representation for renewable energy projects.

Third Planet Windpower, LLC is an execution-focused wind energy development and operations company. The company is committed to advancing renewable energy in the United States and excels as a first-mover in new markets. Our team is comprised of seasoned professionals with a common understanding and appreciation for long-term sustainable U.S. energy policy and energy independence.
Silver Sponsors


Omaha Public Power District


Nebraska Public Power District


Baird Holm LLP


WindLogics


Olsson Associates


Shermco industries


Elkhorn Ridge Wind, LLC


TradeWind Energy


Geronimo Wind Energy


Kearney Visitors Bureau

Bronze Sponsors


Invenergy


Infinity Wind Power


Laredo Ridge Wind, LLC


Vestas

Student Sponsors

Windlab is a global wind energy development company established in 2003. Our success in identifying, securing and developing sites is underpinned by the expertise of our people and our world-leading wind mapping technology. Our track record in progressing commercially viable sites is reflected in a growing portfolio spanning Canada, USA, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

National Farmers Union
Lanyards Sponsor


Midwest Wind Energy

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