2005 Wind Summit Speakers

Bruce Bailey, AWS Truewind, President

Bruce is the President of AWS Truewind, one of the world's leading meteorological and engineering consulting firms serving the wind energy industry.  Bruce is advising on over 5000 MW of planned new wind capacity throughout North America, and is providing consulting services for offshore projects in the U.S. and Europe.  Bruce has been active in wind energy for 30 years and has degrees in Meteorology and Engineering Management.  He also is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist. Bruce works on behalf of most of the country's leading project developers as well as for state and federal agencies and major utility companies. He is on the Board of Directors for the American Wind Energy Association and chairs its Offshore Committee. 

Bill Bulpitt, Georgia Tech.-Southern Company Wind Study

William Bulpitt joined the Strategic Energy Initiative in 2004. Prior (2002-2004) he worked with RMT, Inc., a full service environmental consulting firm headquartered in Madison , Wisconsin . His projects with RMT centered on power plant due diligence performed for prospective buyers interested in the restructuring of the independent power industry, and in solving environmental problems for industrial plants in general.Before joining RMT, Mr. Bulpitt had 27 years of work experience in dealing with complex engineering systems both in the research field and in practical applications for the energy and power industries. He served as Director of Environmental Affairs for a major independent power producer for over 6 years, dealing with projects and environmental issues both domestically and in many countries overseas. He has also recently been involved in directing all aspects of power plant development.

Richard Carson, Tennessee Valley Authority, Renewables Operation Manager                                             

Rick Carson is the Renewables Program Manager for operation of TVA's renewable resources for its green power program.  He also manages several renewable projects.  He has a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Technological University.  He has three patents and has published over 30 papers related to power generation.  Rick has 30 years of experience in power generation, ranging from design and testing of steam generators, pilot and demonstration testing of fluidized bed combustors, identifying and testing alternative fuels for fossil plants, conducting combined heat and power retrofit evaluation for Almaty, Kazakhstan.  More recently, Rick has worked in renewable energy in the areas of solar, wind, and landfill and sewage methane gas.  He leads TVA wind program and has recently been recognized by receiving several awards for wind power advocacy.

Steve Clemmer, Union of Concerned Scientists, Research Director                                                                   

As Research Director, Steven Clemmer works to identify the impacts of renewable-energy project implementation at the state and federal levels, the opportunities and barriers faced by renewables in electricity restructuring, and the potential for renewables to help curb global warming. Before joining UCS, Clemmer was a policy coordinator for the Energy Bureau of the Wisconsin Department of Administration. In addition to co-authoring two recent UCS reports, Clemmer has written numerous articles on the economic and environmental impacts of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Midwest.

Jennifer DeCesaro, National Conference of State Legislators, Policy Specialist

Ms. DeCesaro works on a wide range of topics including air quality, renewable energy and the nexus between energy and air quality issues. She is the author or co-author of numerous publications on energy and environment issues, including a recent primer on energy and air quality issues, an analysis of state renewable portfolio standards, and numerous other related analyses. She has testified before state legislative committees and task forces on renewable portfolio standards and other renewable energy policies. In addition, she presents regularly to legislators on issues ranging from state greenhouse gas reduction policies, multi-pollutant emission reduction strategies, and other air quality policies. Ms. DeCesaro serves on the Steering Committee of the National Wind Coordinating Committee. Prior to coming to NCSL, Jennifer worked in the U.S. Virgin Islands as an environmental consultant on various projects including a large-scale clean-up, NEPA permitting, and environmental monitoring. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Environmental Biology from Colorado College and a Master's Degree in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.

Phil Dougherty, Wind Powering America, National Director

Phil Dougherty serves as the National Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Powering America Initiative. He provides overall management and guidance to a team of national experts, including private and public sector stakeholders, to encourage the installation and purchase of wind power. He has served in a number of positions during his ten years with the Department of Energy, including Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and Senior Advisor in the Office of Policy and International Affairs. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York and a Master's Degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Sam J. Ervin, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), Chair Board of Directors

Sam J. Ervin represents NARUC as well as the North Carolina Utilities Commission. Commissioner Ervin, a native of Morganton, North Carolina attended Davidson College, where he received an A. B., magna cum laude, in 1978, and Harvard Law School, from which he received a J.D., cum laude, in 1981. After becoming licensed to practice law in North Carolina in 1981, Commissioner Ervin entered private practice in Morganton, North Carolina. Commissioner Ervin left the practice of law to take office as a member of the Commission on July 2, 1999. He served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues and Waste Disposal of the National Association of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (NARUC) from 2002 through 2005 and currently serves as Chairman of the NARUC Committee on Electricity.

Matt Heck, Community Energy

Matt Heck joined the development team at Community Energy, Inc. in 2005 as Wind Reserves Manager. Matt focuses on securing new projects and expanding CEI's development pipeline, and he has over 4 years of experience in the wind industry including project development, marketing, and personnel management. Matt also helped found the Virginia Wind Energy Collaborative to promote wind energy in Virginia. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Science and Technology: Energy and Environment Concentrations from  James Madison University.

Jessica Kerns, Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST, Inc.), Wildlife Biologist

Jessica Kerns is a wildlife biologist and project manager with Western Ecosystems Technology, Inc. (WEST, Inc.) involved in wildlife/wind energy research in the mid-Atlantic and northeast.  Jessica began working on wind-wildlife related projects in 2003 as a biologist at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science conducting pre-construction avian surveys on proposed wind sites in western Maryland.  In 2003, she was hired to conduct the first year of post-construction fatality monitoring at the Mountaineer Wind Energy Center (MWEC) in West Virginia and eventually co-authored the final report.  Jessica was hired in 2004 as a principal investigator for the Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative to research patterns of bat fatality at wind energy facilities. Jessica holds a B.S. in wildlife biology and an M.S. in applied ecology and conservation biology.

Kenneth Mancini, PJM Interconnection, Senior Engineer

As a Senior Engineer in PJM's Capacity Adequacy Planning Department, Ken Mancini has focused much of his attention on the unique challenges and opportunities offered by wind energy and other renewable energy resources. He has spoken at a number of wind energy symposia and represented PJM at conferences with the Philadelphia Clean Air Council and the DOE. He chaired the Intermittent Capacity Resources Working Group, a team of representatives from member utility companies, AWEA, renewable energy consultants, and electric reliability experts that created PJM's capacity credit language for wind generators thus providing access to PJM's capacity markets. Prior to joining PJM Mr. Mancini worked for Exelon/PECO Energy and had over a decade of power generation experience with Westinghouse Electric Corporation. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Drexel University.

Jonathan Miles, James Madison University, Professor

Jonathan Miles is Professor of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University (JMU) and teaches courses in the applied sciences and engineering, instrumentation and measurement, and energy systems. Dr. Miles co-directs the Infrared Development and Thermal Structures Laboratory (IDTSL) at JMU, an undergraduate research laboratory supported by NASA and the National Science Foundation. He also directs activities in the JMU Office of the Virginia Wind Energy Collaborative (VWEC) supported of The U.S. Department of Energy and Virginia's Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy. Each spring Dr. Miles also leads a short-term, project-based, study-abroad program to Malta. Dr. Miles is a graduate of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts (B.A., Physics) and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering).

Gordian Raacke, Renewable Energy Long Island (RELI), Executive Director

Mr. Raacke is the founder and executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island (RELI), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization promoting clean and sustainable energy use and generation on Long Island.  In this capacity he seeks to encourage energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources in an effort to protect our environment, economy and public health and to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. He has worked as a consultant on energy issues to the Suffolk County Legislature, participated in the development of New York State Energy Plans and in proceedings before the NY PSC including rate cases, the proceeding on restructuring electric utilities and the proceeding to establish a statewide Renewable Portfolio Standard. Prior to his present position, Mr. Raacke served as executive director of the federal court-appointed Citizens Advisory Panel (CAP) since 1993.  Mr. Raacke holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering and lives in his energy-efficient and solar-powered top in East Hampton, NY.

Bonnie Ram, Energetics, Inc

Bonnie Ram has over 24 years experience in planning and directing technical projects relating to environmental sciences and energy use.  For the last three years, she has been a consultant to NREL supporting the Department of Energy�s Office of Wind. She has assisted in organizing two international deep water wind energy workshops for NREL, collaborated with the Minerals Management Service regarding their new authority for ocean renewables in federal waters, and supported an EPRI project on wave technologies and permitting requirements. She was a co-author of a new technical annex within the International Energy Agency (IEA) relating to offshore energy issues. She has a bachelor and masters degrees in Geography and Environmental Affairs from Clark University in Worcester, MA. Currently, she is a program manager for environmental science and policy at Energetics Incorporated in Washington DC.

Dennis Scanlin, Appalachian State University - NC Small Wind Initiative & Appropriate Technology, Director

Dr. Dennis Scanlin currently serves as Director of the NC Small Wind Initiative and the has directed the Appalachian State University Appropriate Technology Program for over 20 years to further the technical understanding and acceptance of wind and other renewable energy technologies. He has published numerous energy- related articles and received awards for his solar thermal research.  Dr. Scanlin has developed and taught numerous courses and workshops focusing on a wide variety of renewable energy technologies including wind power over the last 20 years. He has designed and installed several residential scale wind turbines and numerous other renewable energy systems has been actively monitoring wind resources in western North Carolina for the last 10 years. 

Larry Shirley, State Energy Office - NC Department of Administration, Director

As Director of the State Energy Office in the N.C. Department of Administration, Larry Shirley manages the energy efficiency, energy emergency, alternative fuels and renewable energy programs for the State of North Carolina. Prior to assuming this position in late 2000, Larry served for 13 years as the executive director of the North Carolina Solar Center at North Carolina State University. He also founded the Nonprofit Energy Management Program for the Advanced Energy Corporation from 1982-86 and was director of field operations for the Center for Renewable Resources in Washington, DC from 1978-1982. He was elected as the chairman of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) in 1996-97 and was named as a Fellow of ASES in 2001. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council and represents the state of North Carolina as Governor Easley's alternate on the boards of the Southern States Energy Board, Governor's Ethanol Coalition, and the Southern Bio-based Alliance. He also serves on the board of NC GreenPower. Larry holds a B.A. degree in Political Science with a concentration in energy and environmental studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Curtis Smalling, Audubon Society, Mountain Region Biologist                                                                               

As early as elementary school, Curtis Smalling was keeping bird lists. He's been going gangbusters ever since. As Audubon NC's Mountain Region Biologist, Curtis is involved in identifying areas of concern, making conservation and management recommendations, and working with local stakeholders in identifying potential Important Bird Areas for inclusion in the program.  He leads the state in avian interaction and impact studies with wind energy technology and has conducted a risk assessment for a potential wind development sit, as well as a comprehensive literature review of potential wind power impacts on birds in western North Carolina. Curtis is currently conducting surveys at the Small Wind Research and Demonstration Site on Beech Mountain, whree he has also trained the SWI staff in the survey procedure. Mr. Smalling founded the Mountain Avian Research Initiative (MARI), a corporation involved in projects impacting birds across the state including Christmas tree plantations, wind farms, habitat management, and wetlands. Curtis is a magna cum laude graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Master of Arts in Appalachian Studies.

George Sterzinger, Renewable Energy Policy Project, Executive Director

George Sterzinger has more than twenty years experience in energy policy and regulation and is currently responsible for REPP's day-to-day operations: fundraising, grant management, and board relations. He oversees the launch of new programs, procedures, strategies, and products to promote REPP's mission. Mr. Sterzinger's experience convinces him that renewable development must have more than strong research and technology development.  To realize the full potential, renewable technology development must be closely linked to education and outreach, policy analysis, and hands on development advocacy that not coincidentally is what REPP does. 

Jay Yeager, Southwest Windpower, Sales Engineer