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Please join us at:
Booth # 2616
07 - 10 May 2018
Chicago, Illinois, US

Come hear UL experts present:

Wind 101: Introduction to Wind Energy
Chris Ziesler, Global Director, Energy Services

12:30 - 4:30 pm  | Monday, May 7, 2018   |  Pre-Conference Seminar

This half-day seminar will provide an introduction to the fundamentals and latest insights into utility-scale wind power in the U.S. Anyone wanting to learn the basics of the wind energy industry will benefit from this engaging, interactive seminar. Topics to be covered include the latest stats and developments on the U.S. wind energy market, technology, financing, resource assessment, siting,  transmission and more. This seminar is the perfect primer for the more detailed conference sessions at WINDPOWER 2018 and beyond. 


Wind 201: Wind Development for Pros - Turning Ideas into Assets
Gill Howard Larsen, Global Director, Due Diligence Services

12:30 - 4:30 pm  | Monday, May 7, 2018   |  Pre-Conference Seminar

This half-day seminar will take participants through a discussion and evaluation of the critical properties that make a wind project viable, bankable and reliable. We will explore what each of our expert panelists see as the five most important issues within their specific disciplines, drawn from their professional experiences. The final segment will be a round-table all-panelist Q&A session with attendees. We will go deeper into the impact of decisions made at different stages of the development process, and the implications of those decisions on a project’s value going forward. This seminar will be light on presentations—instead we will emphasize dialogue about lessons gained through real-world experiences. 


Cybersecurity for Wind Farms: Setting the Right Culture and Avoiding Chicken Little
Bruce Bailey, Senior Advisor
Energy & Power Technologies

1:00 - 1:25 pm  | Tuesday, May 8, 2018   |  Operations Station

Learning Objectives:

  • Become more aware of the standards and best practices that apply to cybersecurity for interconnected technologies, including the grid interface
  • Understand the nature and potential consequences of cyber threats within the power and information infrastructures of wind farms and their control centers 
  • Better appreciate the key attributes of a comprehensive and certifiable cybersecurity program that is appropriate for their own organization.
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Big Ideas for Disrupting Energy Production Assessments
Chris Ziesler, Global Director, Energy Services

11:30 - 12:30 pm  | Wednesday, May 9, 2018   |  Tech Station

This session will include a selection of developers and consultants sharing their ideas and disruption thinking for improving wind resource and energy production assessments. Speakers will present ideas that challenge the way we do things in our sector and the panel will discuss the advantages, challenges, and barriers to implementing such ideas.

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Best Practices for accessing Plant Performance
Stephen LightFoote, Director, Asset Management, North America

1:00 - 1:25 pm  | Wednesday, May 9, 2018   |  Operations Station

The objective of the presentation is to outline, at a high level, some recommended best practices for wind plant power performance verification.  There are many aspects of the power performance of a wind plant separate from the available resource on site such as the efficiency of the wind turbines’ ability to convert resource to energy, the availability of the wind turbines and collection system, environmental losses, internal and external curtailment, and electrical losses to the point of interconnect.  By quantifying the available resource and categorizing sources of lost energy on site it is possible to comprehensively compare historical and real-time plant performance against expectations for multiple stakeholders as well as to provide actionable business intelligence to asset owners and operators.

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Positioning for the 2020 PTC Sunset Date – Challenges and a Roadmap to Success/Best Practices from an IE Perspective
Gill Howard Larsen, Global Director, Due Diligence Services

1:00 - 1:25 pm  | Wednesday, May 9, 2018   |  Project Development Station

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Lifetime Extension: How to Calculate Wind Farm Remaining Useful Lifetime
Santiago Lopez, Global Director, Asset Management

2:30 - 2:55 pm  | Wednesday, May 9, 2018   |  Operations Station

Learning Objectives:

  • Why is this topic so important for all stakeholders in the wind industry?

  • Principles of the calculation : analytical & theoretical complementary approaches

  • Required input data and process: from design & wind farm conditions to damage equivalent load and remaining useful life

  • Importance of the uncertainty calculation

  • Future Steps

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Evaluating Energy Storage for Utility-Scale Wind Projects
Ibrahim Jilani, Senior Business Development Manager
Energy Systems and E-Mobility

3:30 - 4:25 pm  | Wedndesday, May 9, 2018   |  Project Development Station

Energy storage hasn't penciled out for many wind developers in the past, but as technology has improved and cost have gone down more are considering this as a beneficial route for development.   Experts will discuss the various technologies that are available and what technologies are on the imminent horizon.  Hear the motivations and factors that lead some developers down the energy storage path,  the reasons why some are still on the fence, and what the future looks like for wind energy and storage.   

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