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New England Wind Energy Education Project Conference and Workshop

The New England Wind Energy Education Project (NEWEEP) held its one-day Conference and Workshop on June 7, 2011 in Marlborough, Massachusetts. The conference and workshop focused on presenting objective information relevant to issues of importance to individuals affected by wind energy proposals throughout New England.

The conference was featured on the website of the Department of Energy's former Wind Powering America initiative: NEWEEP Convenes Conference and Workshop to Advance Social Acceptance of Well-Sited Wind Projects in New England: A Wind Powering America Success Story.

Session I: Opening Plenary: Welcoming Remarks and Overview of New England Wind Project Development Activity

  • Welcoming Remarks: Michele DesAutels, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Introduction to NEWEEP, Conference Objectives, Ground Rules: Ian Baring-Gould, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Robert Grace (PDF 412 KB), Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC
  • Overview of New England Wind Project Development Activity: Jason Gifford (PDF 636 KB), Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC

Conference organizer, Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC., made available a video of this session. You can separately download the presentations above to follow along.

Session II: Public Acceptance Experiences with Operating Wind Projects

Moderator - Warren Leon, senior advisor, Clean Energy States Alliance

  • Christopher Senie, Senie & Associates, PC
  • Dylan Voorhees, Natural Resources Council of Maine
  • Jonathan Fitch, Princeton Municipal Light
  • Suzanne Pude, Island Institute

Conference organizer, Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC., made available a video of this session.

Session III: Topics in Public Acceptance

Moderator - Mark Sinclair, Clean Energy States Alliance

Environmental Impacts: Habitat Fragmentation and Wildlife Impacts

  • Wildlife Impacts: Carol Foss (PDF 360 KB), New Hampshire Audubon
  • Habitat Fragmentation: Sarah Barnum (PDF 538 KB), Normandeau Associates

Human Impacts: Property Values, Aesthetics, Sound, and Flicker

  • Aesthetics/Flicker: Jean Vissering (PDF 1.9 MB), Jean E. Vissering Landscape Architecture
  • Sound/Flicker: Ken Kaliski (PDF 325 KB), Resource Systems Group, Inc.
  • Property Values: Ben Hoen (PDF 817 KB), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Conference organizer, Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC., made available a video of this session. You can separately download the presentations above to follow along.

Session IV: The Context for New England Wind Power: Energy, Climate, and Sound Science

Kevin Knobloch, president, Union of Concerned Scientists

Conference organizer, Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC., made available a video of this session.

Session V: Parallel Panel Sessions

Session V (A): Wind Energy Economics

Moderator - Patrick Quinlan (PDF 45 KB), former associate director, UMass Wind Energy Center

  • Ryan Chaytors (PDF 274 KB), First Wind
  • Mon-Fen Hong (PDF 605 KB), Black & Veatch
  • David O'Brien (PDF 361 KB), former commissioner, VT Dept. of Public Service

Conference organizer, Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC., made available audio of this session. You can separately download the presentations above to follow along.

Session V (B): Searching for Best Practices in Regional Planning: Comparing Models & Strategies

Moderator - Sue Reid, Conservation Law Foundation

  • Alec Giffen, Clean Air Task Force, former chair, Maine Governor's Wind Energy Task Force
  • Eric Steltzer (PDF 181 KB), New Hampshire Office of Energy & Planning
  • Kenneth Payne, director, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources

Discussion Panel

  • Steven Clarke, Massachusetts assistant secretary for renewable energy
  • Jon Groveman, gen. counsel, VT Agency of Natural Resources

Conference organizer, Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC., made available audio of this session. You can separately download the presentations above to follow along.

Session V (C): Offshore Wind: Finding the Right Balance between Benefits and Impacts

Moderator - Fara Courtney, U.S. Offshore Wind Collaborative

  • Marine Spatial and Environmental Planning: Brandi Colander, attorney, NRDC
  • Coordinating Offshore Wind with Multiple Uses: Jon Weber, Northeast Regional Ocean Council
  • Weighing the Public Costs & Benefits of Offshore Wind: Beth Nagusky (PDF 2.3 MB), Environment Northeast
  • Economic Development Opportunities: Paul Williamson (PDF 882 KB), Maine Wind Industry Initiative
  • Social Acceptance and Public Polling: Willett Kempton, University of Delaware
  • Grassroots Issues: Richard Elrick, Clean Power Now

Conference organizer, Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC., made available audio of this session. You can separately download the presentations above to follow along.

Session V (D): Current Mitigation Techniques: How to Balance Their Costs & Benefits

Moderator - Charles Newcomb, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

  • Technical Mitigation Options: Benjamin Bell (PDF 4.0 MB), Garrad Hassan America, Inc.
  • Non-technical Mitigation Options: Kevin Schulte, Sustainable Energy Development
  • How to walk the costs/benefits line?: Charles Newcomb (PDF 881 KB), National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Conference organizer, Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC., made available a video of this session. You can separately download the presentations above to follow along.

Discussion Panel

  • Sound: Ken Kaliski, Resource Systems Group, Inc.
  • Shadow Flicker: Matt Allen, Saratoga Associates
  • Property Values: Ben Hoen, LBNL
  • Aesthetic/Visual: Jean Vissering, Jean E. Vissering Landscape Architecture
  • Wildlife: Carol Foss, NH Audubon

Session VI: Parallel Panel Session and Facilitated Workshops

Panel Session VI: Moving Toward More Wind Power: Will the Lights Stay On?

Moderator - Ed DeMeo, Renewable Energy Consulting Services, Inc.

  • Charlie Smith (PDF 895 KB), executive director, Utility Wind Integration Group
  • John Norden, manager of renewable resource integration, Independent System Operator of New England

Conference organizer, Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC., made available audio of this session. You can separately download the presentations above to follow along.

Discussion Panel

  • Lisa Linowes (PDF 215 KB), executive director, Industrial Wind Action Group

Workshop VI (A):Advancing the State of Knowledge—Building and Funding a Credible Research and Education Agenda

  • Martha Broad, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
  • Zywia Wojnar, Pace Energy and Climate Center

Workshop VI (B): Using Stakeholder Networks to Engage the Undecided

  • Jasmine Tanguay and Aviva Rothman-Shore (PDF 582 KB), CLF Ventures

Workshop VI (C): Building Better Bylaws

  • David McGlinchey, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

Workshop VI (D): Learning from Experience: Using Planning and Mitigation to Find Better Outcomes

  • Suzanne Pude, Island Institute
  • Peter McPhee, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

Session VII: Workshop Plenary—What Have We Learned?

Moderators - Conference Co-Chairs

  • Ian Baring-Gould, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Robert Grace, Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC
  • Designees from Workshops A, B, C & D

Conference organizer, Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC., made available a video of this session.

Session VIII: Closing Remarks

Michele DesAutels, U.S. Department of Energy

As a follow up to the June 7, 2011 NEWEEP Conference and Workshop, an online survey was distributed to all attendees. The purpose of this survey was to provide the NEWEEP team with feedback on the conference, to help guide, shape and build future NEWEEP discussions and conferences. Read the results (PDF 267 KB).

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