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Virginia Wind Energy Collaborative State Wind Symposium

Wednesday June 18th and Thursday June 19th, 2008
James Madison University, College of Integrated Science and Technology

The purpose of the Symposium was to inform stakeholders and other interested parties about the progress that wind power has made in the region over the last few years. The Symposium addressed critical and timely issues pertaining to wind power development in Virginia and throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

Power point presentations are now available!

To access a presentation scroll down to the "PRESENTATIONS" and click on the title of the session or workshop of your choice. Bios for individual speakers are available by clicking on the name of the speaker. Links to the speaker's organizations are also provided in this section.

Due to privacy concerns we will not be posting a list of conference participants on this site. However, if you wish to inquire about contact information concerning conference participants, contact the VWEC Office at 540.568.8754 or e-mail Patrick Wilson at wilsonprster@gmail.com.

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June 18th


National Education Energy Development (NEED) Teacher Workshop
(Led by Mary Spruill, National Education Energy Development)
Small Wind Installation Workshop
(Led by Chesapeake Renewable Energy)
Virginia Renewables Scoring System for Siting (VRS3) Workshop
(Led by Maria Papadakis, James Madison University)
Media and Communications Workshop
(Led by Frank Maisano, Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP)

Lunch consisted of introductory remarks by President Linwood Rose, James Madison University followed by a keynote address by Tom Tuffey, Director, Center for Energy, Enterprise & the Environment, PennFuture


20% Wind Energy by 2030 and Associated Benefits
(Moderated by Jonathan Miles, U.S. Department of Energy, on leave from James Madison University)


Panel Speaker

20% Wind Energy by 2030

Bonnie Ram,
Energetics, Inc

Wind Energy & Air Emissions Reduction

Debra Jacobson,
George Washington University School of Law

Water and Wind

Don Giecek, Virginia Wind Energy Collaborative
/ James Madison University



Offshore Wind
(Moderated by Bonnie Ram, Energetics, Inc)


Panel Speaker

Potential for Offshore Wind in Virginia

George Hagerman,
Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium / Virginia Tech-Advanced Research Institute

Mapping and GIS Analysis in support of Clean Energy Development Offshore in Virginia

Remy Luerssen, Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium / James Madison University

Planning for Wind on Federal Facilities

Josh Bundick, NASA Wallops Flight Facility

MMS Leasing Policy

Erin Trager, Minerals Management Service


Wildlife Impacts
(Moderated by Don Giecek, Virginia Wind Energy Collaborative / James Madison University)


Panel Speaker

Climate Change Impact on Wildlife Habitat Part I

Chris Burkett,
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Part II (Higher Elevation Species)

Matt Wasson, Appalachian Voices

SCC Monitoring in Highland County

John Flora,
Attorney for Highland New Wind Development, LLC


June 19th

Utilities Commitments to Wind Development in Virginia
(Moderated by Steve Walz, Governor's Energy Policy Advisor)


Panel Speaker

Dominion's Wind Energy Developments

Emil Avram,
Dominion Resources, Inc.

AEP -- Appalachian Power Renewables Update

Jay Godfrey,
Appalachian Power, a unit of American Electric Power

Cooperative Wind in Virginia

Dave Hudgins,
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative



Funding and Incentives for Small Wind and Agriculture
(Moderated by Andrew Smith, Virginia Farm Bureau)


Panel Speaker

Section 9006 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program

Laurette Tucker,
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Appalachian Regional Commission

Rick Peltz,
Appalachian Regional Commission

Small Wind Systems: A Case Study in Cost Savings

*Cash Flow Model spreadsheet

John Trout,
Sustainable Energy Developments, Inc.

Net Metering: Virginia’s Best Incentive To-Date for Small Wind Systems

Mitch King,
Old Mill Power Company


Wind Permitting in Virginia
(Moderated by Ken Jurman, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy)


Panel Speaker

Certificate of Public Necessity

Alexander Skirpan,
State Corporation Commission

State Agency Reviews of Environmental Impacts Associated with Proposed Wind Energy Projects

Mike Murphy,
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Fulfilling Process Obligations

Dave Groberg,
Invenergy, LLC