Planning to invest in wind energy? Get to New York Oct. 14-15

Planning to invest in wind energy? Get to New York Oct. 14-15

More than $100 billion in private investment has been injected into the U.S. economy since 2008 by private investors helping to grow new U.S. wind farm projects across the country.

The rapid growth of wind energy in the U.S. from around one percent in 2008 to supplying nearly five percent today has resulted in a new area where investors can put their money. And as American wind power has grown, so have the ways in which investors can place that money.

The American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) annual Wind Energy Investment & Finance Seminar in New York is one of the best events all year that bankers and financial leaders can learn about this rapidly changing world.


Who attends the AWEA Wind Energy Finance & Investment Seminar

This year’s seminar is right around on the corner, Oct. 14 – 15, and will allow attendees to gain insight into investor timelines, explore emerging markets for investors and developers, examine how policy impacts wind industry finance and learn how to capitalize on growth trends.

Judith A. Enck, Administrator, Region 2 Office, of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will kick things off with the keynote address at 1 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 14. She will be joined by John Eber, Managing Director-Energy Investments for J.P. Morgan and AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan in delivering welcome remarks.

Other featured speakers include representatives from Synapse Energy Economics, Bank of America, Altenex LLC, SunEdison, Pattern Energy Group, TerraForm Power, DNV GL, AWS TruePower, UpWind Solutions, Clean Line Energy Partners, Blattner Energy, Vestas Americas, EDF Renewables, Invenergy, Marathon Capital LLC, EDP Renewables North America, Akin Gump, LLP, Rabobank Group, Morrison & Forester, and more.

The seminar will dive into hot topics like the importance of having stable policy, including the critically important Production Tax Credit (PTC), in helping to drive the billions of dollars in private investment needed to help grow wind power. In fact, the need for having stable policy led to over 2,000 business voices calling on Congress recently to extend the tax extenders package this year, and that includes an extension of the PTC.

Other topics include new market opportunities associated with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, the first-ever rules to cut carbon emissions from existing U.S. power plants, and YieldCo’s.

The full list of featured topics this year include:

If you’re interested in learning more about the seminar’s schedule, click here: http://bit.ly/1LIzbFg

And to register, just visit here: http://bit.ly/1KH8NiL


As the Finance Policy Manager for AWEA, Paul coordinates activities for the nation's central wind advocacy organization as they relate to financial topics, namely project finance. In his five years at AWEA this has included educational support to legislators and regulators in the federal government as well as state level initiatives. Key topics have included the regulatory impacts of Dodd-Frank and the renewable push to be included for Master Limited Partnership eligibility. Prior to AWEA, Paul was a Risk Officer for Wachovia Corporation with the Leasing Group. This role introduced him to wind energy through their tax equity investment project. In that role, Paul served on the risk committee advising for or against investments in American wind projects. In addition, he worked on large equipment lease and loan financing packages, with a focus on assets such as aircraft or rail/transportation equipment. Paul holds a both a BSBA and an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler.

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