The Distributed Wind Energy Association will hold their second annual lobbying and strategy event in Washington, DC on February 12-13th. U.S. Senator Jon Tester and U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer have both confirmed their participation.
The first day will focus on lobbying, and will begin with a presentation by Congressman Blumenauer, who will be participating for his second year. During the DWEA’s first Lobby Day in 2012, 60 companies from across the country joined together to participate in over 50 meetings on Capitol Hill. Participants met with congressional leaders and staff to discuss their business’ issues, tell their story, and request support for the growth of distributed and community wind.
The second day of the event will focus on strategy, with Senator Testor, a long-time champion of the industry, kicking off the day. Participants will spend their time developing industry strategy and meeting with federal agencies to determine next steps for the future. Key leaders from the industry will facilitate discussions with decision makers and program staff from federal agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, and Department of Interior. Facilitated discussions will be led by:
- Lloyd Ritter, Green Capitol
- Jacob Susman, Own Energy
- Andy Kruse, Endurance Wind Power
- John Pimental, Foundation Windpower
- Mike Bergey, Bergey Wind Power
- Jennifer Jenkins, DWEA
- Larry Flowers, AWEA
Tony Crooks from Rural Business and Cooperative Services will discuss the Rural Energy for America Program. Aaron Morris from Rural Housing will discuss the Community Facilities Program, and Nivin Elgohary will discuss the Rural Utility Service’s Electric Loan Program and High Energy Cost grant.
Click here to view this year’s program.
Source: Distributed Wind Energy Association