The 2010 Midwest Wind Summit & Expo

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The Midwest Wind Summit & Expo will provide a regional and national perspective of wind development opportunities along with a closer look at new transmission breakthroughs, Smart Grid integration and the coming Electric Vehicle market. – highlighting the latest policy, investment and technical developments. In addition, the conference will identify development opportunities throughout the Midwest and Upper Great Plains of North America and Canada.

Designed with direct input from industry and government leaders and entrepreneurs who have led the development of the wind industry and companies that will take the industry to the next level with new transmission and Smart Grid integration. The summit will explore how to further integrate large and small wind into the nations energy mix while addressing the mega-transmission plans to further catapult the region into a renewable energy and economic leader.

Tim Reed
Office of the Mayor
311 Third Avenue
Post Office Box 270
Brookings, South Dakota 57006
(605) 692-6281 phone
(605) 692-6907 fax

Dear Leaders,
On behalf of the City of Brookings, I want to personally invite you to attend the
1st Annual Midwest Wind Summit on October 4-6, 2010. With the current state of our
energy resources, it is clear we need to tap into renewable sources of power. Earth
generates infinite and gratuitous amounts of wind. Your work harnessing this energy is
key to our nation’s future.
Brookings offers many intriguing things to do, from exploring the Bike Trail that
encircles the City, to discovering the Children’s Museum, taking a walking tour of one
of our historic districts, the SDSU Campus or McCrory Gardens, to visiting our
downtown area for a unique shopping and dining experience.
We hope to see you in October!
Tim Reed
Mayor, City of Brookings


Wind Summit Agenda

This is the preliminary agenda. Some events are subject to change.



7:00 am - 7:00 pm Conference Registration

10:00 am – 3:00 pm Exhibitor Move In

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm EXPO Grand Opening & Welcome Reception


7:00 am - 7:00 pm Conference Registration

7:30 am - 8:30 am Coffee and Press Conference

9:00 am - 10:30 am Plenary Session

9:00 am – 9:10 am Welcome Statement: Randy Stratton, Co-Chairman
and Steve Wegman, Co-Chairman

9:10 am - 9:40 am Industry Update – Brad Lystra, AWEA

9:40 am - 10:10 am Keynote Presentation: Michael Butler, Chairman/CEO, Cascadia Capital LLC – How Energy investments will change in the future

10:10am – 10:30am Technology Convergence for Wind and Electric Vehicles.
Bill Weimer, Faegre & Benson
Michael Ropp CEO, Northern Plains Power Technology
Marc Bogue Bogue, Inc.

8:00 am - 7:00 pm EXPO Open

10:30 am - 11:00 am Refreshment Break in the EXPO

11:00 am – 12:15 Utility Expansion and Opportunities:
Aileen Roder, Senior Legal Advisor, FERC; David Gates, VP Wholesale Operations, Northwestern Energy;Dusty Johnson, Chairman South Dakota PUC

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch in EXPO

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Transmission/SmartGrid Expansion –
Moderator: Beth Soholt, Wind on the Wires,
Terry Grove, CapX2020,
Joe Dudak, ITC Transco,
Bill Malcolm, Midwest ISO
Chantel McCormick, Grasslands Revewable Energy

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break in the EXPO

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Future Wind Development and Challenges:
Moderator: Peter C. Halls Faegre & Benson;
Tim Seck, Iberdrola;
Dan Juhl, Juhl Wind;
Scott Edwards, Aevenia;
Justin Pickar, Geronimo Wind

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Public Policy from Regional Utilities Commission Perspective Regulatory Panel State PUC:
Moderator: Steve Wegman, SDWEA
Jerry Lein PUC Staff Engineer,
Dusty Johnson-SD,
David Boyd-MN,

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Networking Reception in the EXPO


7:00 am - 3:00 pm Conference Registration

7:00 am - 3:30 pm EXPO Open

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast in the EXPO

8:30 am - 10:00 am Plenary Session

9:00 am - 9:20 am Welcome Statement and State Energy Policy Update:
Hunter Roberts, Director of Energy, South Dakota Economic Development

9:20 am - 9:40 am Optimizing Wind’s Role in a Low-Carbon Economy
Rolf Nordstrom, Exec. Director, Great Plains Institute

9:40 am - 10:15 am Deloitte Finance and Tax Panel –Future Transactional Opportunities and Challenges
Marlene Motyka - Principal, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services,
Tom Stevens - Senior Manager, Deloitte Tax,
Debra McCormack - Deputy Managing Director, Energy & Resources
Eli Hinckley, Attorney with Venable LLP

Focus of panel: Wind is here to stay but what will it take to sustain itself? According to a recent Deloitte study, 3 of the top 10 trends in the world of renewable energy today are governmental policy, funding and consolidation. Join us for a lively discussion focused on merger and acquisition tactics and tax structuring ideas to prepare for the future.

10:15 am - 10:35 am Refreshment Break in the EXPO

10:35 am – 11:15 Concurrent Track
Track 1: Capital Markets and Finance of Projects:
Moderator: John Seymour, Dorsey & Whitney,
Jim Burg, South Dakota Wind Partners;
Matt Brill, CoBank;
Hamang Patel, Michael Best & Friedrich

Track 2: Environmental Policy and Climate Change:
Moderator: Brian H. Davis, Clean Biz Horizons;
John Moore, ELPC,
Rick Hauffe, Repower America.

11:20 am – 12:10 pm Concurrent Track
Track 1: Overcoming Challenges to Wind Development and Siting
Anntonette Alberti, Tetra Tech;
Tom Marek, WindIngen;

Track 2: Wildlife and Wetland considerations for Wind
Natalie Gates, Fish & Wildlife Service; Dorsey & Whitney Speaker

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch in EXPO

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm  Concurrent Track
Track 1: Wind Operations & Maintenance Trends and New Technology: Tom Marek, WindIngen; Dr. Ahmad Hemami, Applied Physics Instructor, Iowa Lakes Community Collge; Paul Seppanen, Energy Maintenance Service

Track 2:Wind on Tribal Lands
Moderator: Wilda Wahpepah, Dorsey & Whitney; Patrick Spears, President, Inter-Tribal Council on Utility Policy (COUP) Focus of Panel: "Developing wind power on tribal land requires fluency in the special rules that apply to a tribe and tribal resources. Land status, governmental consents and approvals, and incentives for tribal developments will be covered in this seminar."

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Refreshment Break in the EXPO

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Exhibitor Move-Out

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Sessions Conclude and Conference Ends