Wind Power 2008 Conference
Wind Power 2008 Conference

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2008         Conference Program (PDF) 4.0MB





Exhibits and Registration Open


1:00 – 1:30    

Welcome & Presentation of Colors

The Honorable Stanley Clouse, Mayor of Kearney

Senator Joel Johnson, Legislative District #37            

Co-Chairs – Nebraska Wind Working Group

       Senator “Cap” Dierks, Legislative District #40

       Senator Don Preister, Legislative District #5

       John Hansen, President, Nebraska Farmers Union


1:30 – 2:15    

The State of Wind Energy Development: An overview of the national wind energy landscape and the 20% national wind energy goal by 2030
    Susan Williams Sloan, American Wind Energy Association


2:20 – 3:30

Nebraska Wind Energy Projects Update

Moderator:  Senator Don Preister

Omaha Public Power District’s Current Wind RFP
    Chris Bywater, Omaha Public Power District


Ainsworth Wind Project and Nebraska Public Power District’s current Wind RFP
    Dave Rich, Nebraska Public Power District


Crofton Wind Project
    Dan Juhl, Juhl Wind, Inc.


Elkhorn Ridge Wind Project
    Patrick Dalseth, Project Coordinator, Midwest Wind Energy


Kimball Wind Project

    Billy Joe Cutsor, Nebraska Municipal Power Pool and Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska

Energy Efficiency Technologies

Introduction:  Marc Nichols, Omaha Public Power District


Commercial, Residential, Institutional & Industrial New Energy Technology
    Ken Black and Micah Allen, E-Source

3:30 – 4:00

Afternoon Break


4:00 – 5:30

Transmission Development

 Moderator:   John Hansen, Nebraska Farmers Union


National Transmission Overview Challenges in Meeting Goal of 20% by 2030
    Lynn Coles, National Renewable Energy Laboratory


Status Report on Nebraska Power Association Wind Transmission Integration Study
    Clint Johannes, Nebraska Power Association


Building Nebraska Needs into Regional and National Grid

     Paul Malone, Nebraska Public Power District

     Kent Herzog, Omaha Public Power District                



Moderator:  Senator Don Preister


Lincoln Electric System Net-Metering Pilot Program
    Marc Shkolnick, Lincoln Electric System


Nebraska Public Power District Net-Metering Policy
    Dave Rich, Nebraska Public Power District

Nebraska Rural Electric Association Net-Metering Policy

     Kristen Gottschalk, Nebraska Rural Electric Association

Analysis and Comparison States’ Net-Metering Policies

     Jack Sautter, Ph.D., J.D., Institute for Energy & the  Environment, Vermont Law  School

     Jason Keyes. J.D., Keyes & Fox LLP

5:30 – 7:30    

Exhibits Open -- Networking Reception sponsored by Baird Holm






7:00 – 7:45    

Exhibits Open -- Networking & Continental Breakfast


8:00 – 8:15

Welcome --The Honorable Rick Sheehy, Lt. Governor of Nebraska


8:30 – 10:00

Rural Economic Development Benefits of Wind Energy

Moderator:  John Hansen,  Nebraska Farmers Union


Measuring Economic Development Benefits of Wind Energy in Nebraska
    Eric Lantz, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Renewable Energy Grants & Programs

     Deb Yocum, USDA Rural Development


Recruiting Wind-Based Businesses to Nebraska
    Dennis Hall, Nebraska Public Power District
    Roger Christensen, Omaha Public Power District,
    Cheryl Brandenburgh, Nebraska Department of Economic Development


Growing New Opportunities, Jobs, & Training Curriculum (no power point provided)

     LeRoy Jons, Loup Resource Conservation & Development

Wind Planning & Zoning Issues

Moderator:  Senator Don Preister


Wind Planning & Zoning Guides
    Ron Stimmel, American Wind Energy Association


Wind Planning & Zoning in Nebraska Counties (no power point provided)

     Larry Dix, Director, Nebraska Association County Officials


City of Lincoln & Lancaster County Wind Zoning Policy
    Mike DeKalb, City/County  Planner

10:00 – 10:30

Exhibits Open -- Morning Break


10:30 – 12:15

Wind Development and Landowner Rights
Moderator:  Senator Annette Dubas


Nebraska Status Report on Landowner Issues

     John Hansen, Nebraska Farmers Union


Landowner Wind Easement Considerations
    Bradley Haight, Esq. Hackstaff Gessler LLC
    David Levy, Esq., Baird Holm LLP
    Jeff Kirkpatrick, Esq., McHenry, Haszard, Hansen, Roth &  Hupp PC LLO


Nebraska Public Power District’s Met Tower Cost-share Program

    Dave Rich, Nebraska Public Power District

Nebraska & National Energy Efficiency Programs & Incentives -- Improving Use of Energy, One Watt at a Time

Moderator:  Neil Moseman, Nebraska Energy Office

Energy Conservation
    Denise Kuehn, Omaha Public Power District

Shaving the Peak Through Energy Efficiency
    Marc Shkolnick, Lincoln Electric System
Ken Curry, Nebraska Public Power System

Demand Side Management
    Ken Black, E-Source

12:20 – 1:45


Energy and Environmental Challenges,
    Randy Udall,
Former Director for the Community Office for Resource Efficiency


2:00 – 3:30    

Nebraska Wind Outreach Activities

 Moderator – Senator Cap Dierks


Wind Powering America (no power point provided)

     Larry Flowers, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Nebraska Wind Outreach Activities
    Neil Moseman, Nebraska Energy Office


Wind Working Group Report and Polls
    John Hansen, Co-Chair, Nebraska Wind Working Group


Wind for Schools

     Dan McGuire, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

      Nebraska Facilitator

Small Wind Development -- Panel Discussion -- Citizen Interest in Small Wind, the Challenges & Needed Policies

Moderator:  Senator Don Preister


Citizen Interest in Small Wind
    Ron Stimmel, American Wind Energy Association    
Jon Dixon,  Dixon Power Systems
Robert Byrnes, Nebraska Renewable Energy Association


Small Wind
    Ed Toribio,  Home Energy Alternatives

3:30 – 4:00

Exhibits Open -- Afternoon Break


4:00 – 5:00    

Town Hall Meeting Wrap-Up and Q & A -- ALL PRESENTERS
Moderators:  Nebraska Wind Working Group  Co-Chairs -- Senator Cap Dierks, Senator Don Preister and John Hansen





Randy UdallRandy Udall, sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  Randy is former director of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) in western Colorado. He is one of the nation’s leading activists in promoting energy sustainability. During Udall’s thirteen year tenure, CORE’s partnerships with individuals, governments, and utilities have led to some remarkable accomplishments, including Colorado’s first solar energy incentive program, the world’s first Renewable Energy Mitigation Program which has raised $6 million, the world’s stiffest carbon tax, and some of the most progressive green power purchasing programs in the country. Udall wrote his first article on climate change in 1987. A solar retrofit of his home in Carbondale, Colorado will keep 300,000 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere during the next 20 years. Udall is also co-founder of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil-USA, and speaks widely on why “America is failing the energy IQ test.”
Susan SloanSusan Williams Sloan joined American Wind Energy Association in September, 2005. She coordinates Wind Energy Works!, an alliance of groups that aim to engage the public debate over wind energy development and counteract the spread of misinformation by wind energy opponents. In 2007, Wind Energy Works! received the Wind Powering America “Outstanding Institutional Partner” award. Susan also serves on the steering committee for National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Wind Powering America program. Prior to joining AWEA, Susan spent more than three years at Virtus Energy, a renewable energy consulting firm, where she coordinated activities for The Wind Coalition. Before joining Virtus Energy she worked for public officials at the Texas Capitol, and has also represented cable and broadcast media interests at the local, state and federal levels. In the mid-1990’s, Susan spent four years in Hong Kong handling corporate communications for New T&T telecommunications and then STAR-TV, the Asian satellite television arm of the News Corporation. Susan earned her B.A. at Austin College in Sherman, Texas.
Baird Holm Baird Holm attorneys provide legal counsel to developers, builders and owners in all aspects of wind energy law in Nebraska and throughout the Midwest. Our attorneys have the depth and breadth of experience to help your company succeed. Baird Holm LLP (402) 344-0500 Husch Blackwell Sanders Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP is a full service law firm with over 675 attorneys. We have on the largest renewable energy practices in the Midwest and regularly advise clients in the development, construction, financing and acquisition of renewable energy projects throughout the United States.   cornwind/ethanol
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Fraser StrykerFraser Stryker is a Nebraska-based full service law firm headquartered in Omaha. Fraser Stryker counsels developers, vendors and landowners in the financing, site acquisition, construction, and regulatory representation for renewable energy projects. The firm serves as general counsel for Nebraska's largest retail electric utility, Omaha Public Power District, and participated in the drafting of Nebraska's Community Based Energy Development legislation. Please visit us at bp global wind energy
bp Global Wind Energy
Invenergy LLC Invenergy LLC is a leading energy company focused on the development, acquisition and management of large-scale power generation assets.
Clipper Wind
We are a rapidly growing company engaged in wind energy technology, wind turbine manufacturing and wind project
HDRHDR has been involved in the implementation of more than 3,000 MW of wind power in the United States, more than 2000 MW of biomass-to-energy and cogeneration projects. We have also helped local communities and companies develop many small scale (1-5 MW) landfill gas-to-energy projects and provided due diligence services for the financing of more than $2 billion for renewable energy projects. Infinity Wind Power, Inc. 3760 State St., suite 102 Santa Barbara, CA 93105 Office: (805) 569-6180
Fax: (805) 569-6190 Email:
Nebraska Public Power District Hytorc
Midwest Wind Energy
OPPD Omaha Public Power District is a customer-owned electric utility serving over 340,000 customers in 13 counties in east and southeast Nebraska. Rates well below the national average have helped OPPD earn national recognition for customer satisfaction eight straight years. John Deere Wind EnergyJohn Deere Wind Energy is committed to the economic growth and sustainability of agricultural communities. The company provides long-term debt and equity investment, comprehensive project development services, wind turbine supply and operations management for wind energy projects in the United States and Canada Kearney Convention & Visitors Bureau
Wind Capital Group JW Prairie Wind PowerThe juwi group has established a close working relationship with financial institutions, insurers, major wind turbine manufacturers, equipment suppliers and professional advisors. These relationships enable the group to assemble the most competitive package for any project. It is the juwi group's mandate to provide optimal results that ensure maximum benefit for all stakeholders while having minimal impact on the environment. Terracon
  Olsson Olsson Associates offers comprehensive engineering and design services in geotechnical, environmental resources/compliance, survey, power electrical, and mechanical/electrical, as well as transportation, water resources, water/wastewater, land development, landscape architecture and urban planning. Olsson Associates is on the Web at  
  Property Energy Solutions  
  Trade Wind EnergyAt TradeWind Energy™, we specialize in developing and managing wind energy projects in the Heartland where there is an abundance of this rich, natural resource. We possess the experience and assets necessary to bring any size wind project to fruition. Thank you for considering us as you explore this reliable, low-cost, renewable energy resource.  
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WestwoodWestwood Professional Services provides land acquisition, aerial mapping, land surveying, civil engineering, environmental permitting, cultural resource services, and GIS mapping for wind projects. Westwood has aided the development of over 80 projects representing 9,000 MW located nationwide.

  Boyd Jones Construction
Dixon Power Systems
Home Energy Alternatives
Institute for Energy and the Environment
ITC Great Plains
Nebraska Energy Office
Nebraska Green Energy
Nebraska Farmers Union
Nebraska Renewable Energy Association
Nebraska Wind Working Group
Third Planet Energy
Windrow Energies
Wilson and Company

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