Texas Offshore Wind Energy Roundtable (TOWER) Conference

E.ON Climate and Renewables Europe, SIEMENS, Hochtief and Siag have confirmed their participation in the conference. The first Texas Offshore Wind Energy Roundtable (TOWER) Conference and the Offshore Wind Law (OWL) Conference will take place on October 19-22, 2010 in Houston, Texas. The goal of the four-day conference is to explore the market potential for Texas offshore wind energy sites as well as for leading companies to prepare for the expected boom of wind energy in the Gulf of Mexico.

There are over 40 expected speakers from leading companies and organizations from the Offshore Wind Energy Industry as well as major players in industry and politics. Among other topics, Michael Lewis, Managing Director of E.ON Climate and Renewables Europe, will discuss E.ON’s experiences as one of the largest European offshore wind energy providers.

Thomas Mousten, head of SIEMENS offshore wind office in the U.S ., will present the company’s experiences as a turbine manufacturer in the area of offshore wind and its current technological capabilities. General Land Office Deputy Commissioner Dwain Rogers and Texas A&M University official Mark Ellison will describe unique Texas opportunities, such as the $700 million facilities at the former Naval Station Ingleside in Corpus Christi Bay as one of the largest potential investments in renewable energy infrastructure in the U.S.

Texas already leads the Americas with more than 10,000 megawatts (MW) of installed onshore wind energy capacity. After the peak years of onshore, the offshore wind farm developments have now begun with the first Texas offshore test wind turbines expected to be operational in 2011.

"The favorable conditions in Texas, such as its own transmission network and off-shore sites in a 10-mile zone offer promising market opportunities for businesses in the local wind industry," said Jan Christoph Wiedemann, Managing Director of the German-American Chamber of Commerce in Houston, TX.

The conference is co-organized by the German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S ., Inc and the Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse and is supported by the Texas General Land Office (GLO), Texas Wide Open for Business, the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA), the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), the German Wind Energy Association, the German Energy Agency and Continental Airlines.

Book now and get a 10% discount on each ticket until August 31, 2010.

The German American Chambers of Commerce (GACCs) in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco all work together under the network of AHK USA. With approximately 2,500 members and an extensive national and international business network, the GACCs offer a broad spectrum of activities and services. AHKs are closely connected to the Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHKs) in Germany as well.

The German Chamber Network (AHK) provides experience, connections, and services worldwide through 120 locations in 80 countries.

The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US (GACC South), Texas office, works mainly with companies in the energy sector, especially in Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency and organizes several annual conferences and other events in these fields.

The Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse (www.texaswindclearinghouse.us) is a private, statewide alliance of stakeholders in the Texas wind energy industry. Our members cover the full geography of the state and include ports, railroads, colleges & universities, counties, school districts, attorneys, ranchers & farmers, heavy manufacturers, small businesses, wind companies, economic development corporations, and more.

The Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse works with its members to provide many services to the Texas industry, including organizing several annual conferences across the state; promoting the state’s capabilities through USA & international media; participating in trade shows in the USA, North America, and Europe; assisting domestic and international manufacturing & service company expansions; and more.