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WINDPOWER 2014 Program Co-Chairs: Time to talk operations, technology

WINDPOWER 2014 Program Co-Chairs: Time to talk operations, technology

The WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition always reflects the times, and these are busy days for the industry indeed. It’s appropriate, therefore, that such topics as operations, technology, and nontraditional wind energy purchasers will all figure prominently at WINDPOWER 2014.
 
That’s the word from two people playing important roles in the development of the WINDPOWER 2014 program. Serving as Program Chairs for WINDPOWER 2014 are Jayshree Desai, Executive Vice President at Clean Line Energy Partners, LLC, and Kevin Alewine, Director of Renewable Energy Services at Shermco Industries.


 
“Having planted solid roots here in the U.S., the industry continues to make breakthroughs, with the cost of wind energy dropping 43 percent in just the last four years,” said Desai. “I’m thrilled to be a part of the WINDPOWER program development process because WINDPOWER serves as an important catalyst for the kind of education and discussion that drives our industry forward.”
 
Wind energy is a major player on the energy landscape and in fact has been for some time now. Over 61,000 MW have been deployed, increasing the need and even incentive to find ever-better ways of operating and maintaining wind energy facilities.
 
Technology, meanwhile, continues to be a hot topic. As exemplified by new tower designs and longer blades, the industry is continuing to push into new frontiers for energy production—not to mention wind resource assessment tools, forecasting equipment, and so on. The list goes on, and topics on that list will be discussed in-depth at WINDPOWER.
 
“Wind energy is a rapidly maturing industry, having delivered 30 percent of all new generating capacity for the last five years,” noted Alewine. “With over 61,000 MW installed and thousands of megawatts worth of construction taking place, WINDPOWER 2014 comes at the perfect time to tackle advances in technology, operation & maintenance, and other front-of-mind issues. I’m really excited to get the dialogue started in Las Vegas.”
 
WINDPOWER 2014 takes place May 5-8 in Las Vegas. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for some specifics on the above-referenced sessions or get more program information now.

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Carl has been a part of the AWEA team since 2006. He brings both his expertise in communications as well as experience with the evolving wind energy industry to the job of overseeing AWEA's online and written publications including the Wind Energy Weekly, WINDPOWER Update, WINDPOWER Today, and various print materials. He has worked as a journalist in the energy industry as a staff writer for Public Utilities Fortnightly magazine and in the association sector as senior editor at Association Management magazine. He also has covered the home-building industry, where his areas of greatest interest were sustainable development and "smart growth," and has written articles for numerous other publications as a freelance writer. Carl received his B.A. from James Madison University and spent some time in New Orleans employed as a teacher as well as working with homeless youth.

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