AWEA WINDPOWER 2018 is the wind industry’s premier North American event, with thousands of wind energy professionals from all over the world gathering in one place. It’s the most effective way for attendees to expand their knowledge base, and connect with thought leaders and industry experts. The 2018 programme is led by chairs Amy Francetic, senior vice-president of new ventures and corporate affairs at Invenergy, and Joe Kishkill, chief commercial officer at TPI Composites.

They are joined by a diverse programme committee that includes representatives from Apex Clean Energy, International Finance Corporation (IFC); Leeward Renewable Energy, LS Power Development, MidAmerican Energy Company, NextEra Energy Resources, NREL, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. More of the represented companies will be announced later in 2018.

Over the course of four days, attendees will experience a robust agenda comprising three general sessions, one each morning, located conveniently in the exhibit hall. Sessions and stand-alone presentations will once again be organised into the five education stations in the exhibit hall, which are open to attendees and exhibitors alike.

The conference will showcase hundreds of exhibitors from across the industry, including representatives from the following sectors: manufacturing, supply chain, finance, insurance, construction, operations and maintenance, resource assessment, project development and utility. The programme will feature speakers with creative and modern ideas that will continue to strengthen wind energy’s value proposition, and challenge the current way the industry does business. Attendees will hear about how technology advances continue to lower the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE), and learn lessons from other, more mature industries or sectors that have experienced similar rapid growth. Attendees will also receive updates on state policy support, transmission infrastructure efforts, and emerging and growing offtake trends.

Additional educational opportunities for enhanced learning will be offered via pre and post-conference seminars. Confirmed pre-conference seminars include sessions on the potential for offshore wind in the Great Lakes in the US, a social media boot camp, an introduction to wind energy and wind energy development. Post-conference seminars will be announced in early 2018.

Attending WINDPOWER is critical for anyone working in the industry – it is where business gets done. It is where deals happen. It is where professionals and technicians from across the US and the world meet, learn and work together to grow the wind energy industry.

AWEA WINDPOWER will be held on 7–10 May 2018 at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, US.