DOE Brings Together State Leaders for 10th Annual Wind Powering America Summit

May 31, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) kicked off the 10th Annual Wind Powering America All-States Summit in Anaheim, California today, assembling DOE’s network of state wind energy working groups to share lessons learned and best practices, plan future collaboration, and recognize accomplishments. The Summit follows the American Wind Energy Association's annual Windpower Conference and Exhibition, and draws more than 160 participants to attend. The conference includes multiple plenary sessions, regional and state breakout sessions, and smaller group discussions, as well as presentations from national guest speakers.

The Summit brings together a diverse set of stakeholders, including:

  • Individuals from state wind energy working groups, who represent various organizations such as utilities, academia, non-profits, and industry
  • Federal, state, and local policymakers and program coordinators
  • Leading researchers and industry experts from academia, DOE’s national laboratories, nonprofit organizations, and private-sector organizations.

Speakers this year include Abby Arnold of the American Wind Wildlife Institute, Victoria Pebbles of the Great Lakes Commission, and Ryan Wiser of DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Topics of discussion include public acceptance of wind energy, community-based wind projects, market analysis, transmission, offshore wind development, local planning and zoning issues, and federal environmental guidelines. For more information, including an updated agenda, see Wind Powering America’s events calendar.

The goal of DOE's Wind Powering America initiative is to increase the use and integration of wind energy in communities across the United States. For more information on the initiative, see the Wind Powering America website.