What a great webinar this was! The conversation covered a range of topics, from the workforce needed to grow the wind industry, to hotspots of projected growth, to an onshore-offshore debate, to the perils of permitting. This was a great starting point for TEC as we seek to incorporate more coverage of this interesting power source.

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What a great webinar this was! The conversation covered a range of topics, from the workforce needed to grow the wind industry, to hotspots of projected growth, to an onshore-offshore debate, to the perils of permitting. This was a great starting point for TEC as we seek to incorporate more coverage of this interesting power source.

Growing Wind Power:
The Future of Wind and the Quest for Cleaner Energy

Featuring:

Michael Haas is President of Orion Energy and Director of Renewable Development Company Ltd. Michael has been involved in the wind industry since 1990, serving in management and executive positions at Kenetech Corporation before founding Orion Energy. While at Kenetech, Michael led the development, finance, implementation and construction for projects totaling 350 megawatts of installed capacity and directed over 1,000 megawatts of contracted projects through various stages of development worldwide. He also served as General Manager of the “56-100” Wind Turbine Division, responsible for the engineering, manufacturing, and operations of over 500 megawatts of wind turbines.

Peter L. Kelley is Vice President for Public Affairs for the American Wind Energy Association, a national trade association promoting wind energy as a clean source of electricity for consumers around the world. Peter leads AWEA's media relations, publications, and strategic communications. He has previously provided public relations services to various clean energy clients as well as four national environmental groups. Peter started his career as a newspaper reporter, most recently as a Washington correspondent for Newhouse Newspapers and the National Security News Service.

Ellen Crivella is a Project Manager in the Environmental and Permitting Services (EPS) business group in the Portland, OR office of GL Garrad Hassan, the world's largest renewable energy consultancy. Her work focuses on managing comprehensive environmental permits, such as NEPA, CEQA, SEPA, EFSC, and other siting and licensing board applications. Ellen also has a strong background in operational regulatory compliance. She specializes in permit management for wind, solar, and wave energy projects.

Earl Walker is Head of Training and Development for the Americas Region for Siemens Energy, and has held a number of positions at Siemens with responsibility for hiring, training, and placing technicians at wind power generation sites across North America. Having joined Siemens in 2001, Earl has built internship programs, relationships with schools, and other programs to build practical knowledge about the wind industry with students. Previously, Earl spent 20 years with the Navy working with submarine nuclear propulsion systems and teaching technical, leadership and process improvement classes.

Jesse Jenkins is Director of Energy and Climate Policy at the Breakthrough Institute, and is one of the country's leading energy and climate policy analysts and advocates. Jesse's work and analysis has been featured in Time, Newsweek, Fortune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other major media outlets. He is founder and chief editor of WattHead - Energy News and Commentary and a featured writer at the Energy Collective.