WINDPOWER 2014 arrives in Las Vegas

The following events are open to coverage by accredited journalists from media outlets. All the below activities will be hosted within the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119.

Monday May 5:

What:   The inaugural DOE Collegiate Wind competition, bringing together teams from around the country to design and construct a lightweight, transportable wind turbine that can be used to power small electronic devices.  Teams will be competing from Monday – Wednesday in three different categories. For more information contact Emily Jorgensen with the Wind Energy Foundation.

Who:    Ten teams from around the country will compete in DOE’s Inaugural Collegiate Wind Competition 2014

When: Monday May 5 – Wednesday May 6

Where: Shorelines A

Tuesday May 6:

Media event 1:          

What:   Welcome and opening General Session, followed by media availability with session speakers. Media outlets not in-person at the event can contact Brian Willis for call-in information for the availability.

Who:    Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA; David Danielson, Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) for the U.S. Department of Energy; Shaun McGrath, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Region 8 and several others

When: Tuesday May 6, 8:30-10:00 am PT for General Session, 10:15 – 10:40 am PT for media availability

Where: Mandalay Bay Ballroom IJK, Mandalay Bay Ballroom A

Media event 2:

What:   The American Wind Energy Association is hosting a press conference at WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition, North America’s largest wind energy conference, with leaders from Nevada’s energy sector, the Governor’s Office of Energy and MGM Resorts to discuss the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy and sustainability.

Who:Tom Darin, Director of Western State Policy, AWEA

Christopher Brophy, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, MGM Resorts International

Stacey Kusters, Vice President of Renewables and Origination, NV Energy

Paul Thomsen, Director, Governor’s Office of Energy

When: Tuesday May 6, 11:00 am PT

Where: Mandalay Bay Ballroom A

Wednesday May 7

What: Keynote and Wind Industry Leaders panel, followed by a media availability with session speakers.

Who: Seth Goldman, CEO, Honest Tea

 Susan Reilly, President & CEO, Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc.

 Mark Albenze, CEO Wind Power Americas, Siemens Energy Wind Power Americas

 Anne M. McEntree, President & CEO, GE Renewable Energy

 Gabriel Alonso, CEO of EDP Renewables North America LLC

 Doug Fredrickson, Vice President-Operations, Blattner Energy Inc.

 Mike Garland, CEO, Pattern Energy Group Inc.

When: Wednesday May 7, 8:30 – 11:00 am PT

Where: Mandalay Bay Ballroom IJK, Mandalay Bay Ballroom A

Background: The American Wind Energy Association is hosting its annual WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada from May 5- 8. WINDPOWER is the largest wind energy conference in North America. Around 10,000 attendees and over 400 exhibitors from around the world will flock to Las Vegas to take part in this year’s event. AWEA is the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry, with 1,300 member companies, including global leaders in wind power and energy development, wind turbine manufacturing, component and service suppliers. AWEA is the voice of wind energy in the U.S., promoting renewable energy to power a cleaner, stronger America.