George R. Brown Convention Center
May 20 to 23, 2019
It is a true powerhouse in the industry, leading the nation in wind-power generation with more installed wind capacity than all but five countries in the world. It is also home to nearly four dozen turbine manufacturing facilities and numerous component suppliers. That’s right, we’re talking about the Lone Star state.
Where Texas was once known as one of the world’s top oil and gas producers, it is now home of some of the best wind in America — and the state has been capitalizing on it. Texas has more than 23 GW of wind capacity (surpassing that of coal in the state) and ERCOT or the Electric Reliability Council of Texas predicts wind could hit 28.5 GW by the end of this year.
So, it only makes sense that the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) biggest annual conference and exhibition will be heading to Houston for this year’s WINDPOWER 2019.
“Texas continues to pave the way by leading the nation in installed wind capacity by state,” says AWEA CEO, Tom Kiernan. “Texas is also a leader for wind-related manufacturing and jobs, making wind an important part of the state’s energy success story while providing a great example for all of America.”
This year’s conference theme focuses on community and partnerships. Or, as AWEA calls it: Powering the future. Together. “WINDPOWER 2019 will highlight how wind and its growing list of partners and allies can, together, power the future with cost-competitive, clean energy,” shares Jana Adams, Senior Vice President for Member Value and Experience at AWEA.
Although Texas is leading the way, the last year has proved historic for wind in the United States. Wind energy surpassed 95 GW of installed capacity in the country in 2018, with an installed 5,944 MW in the fourth quarter alone.
“This year’s conference programs focus on wind energy’s ability to thrive through innovation and collaboration while building alliances to propel the industry forward,” says Adams. “Attendees will learn from industry leaders about key wind, turbine, and energy storage topics — including how Texas became a clean energy giant.”
What to expect this year…
One way AWEA is fostering new wind partnerships and growth is by collaborating with other energy sources. WINDPOWER 2019 will include the WIND + ZONE, a space dedicated to companies active in: solar energy, hydropower, energy storage, fuel cells, electric vehicles, and conventional sources of energy.
“We recognize the value of working together with partners that help drive our agenda forward as we move toward the 2020s and believe attendees of WINDPOWER 2019 will benefit from one week of exploring all the latest energy technologies in one place,” says Adams.
This year, AWEA will also continue to support the development of students and the up-and-coming leaders the industry requires. WINDPOWER’s Emerging Leaders program provides opportunities for mentorship, knowledge sharing, and skill development. The program recognizes new talent and connects current industry leaders with future wind power professionals.
“The future of wind energy’s success is truly in the hands of today and tomorrow’s energy leaders,” says Adams. “WINDPOWER’s Emerging Leaders program is designed to help grow and groom the next wave of industry talent.”
Additionally, the conference sessions and stand-alone presentations will be organized into five education stations in the exhibit hall, which are open to attendees and exhibitors. Here’s what to expect at each:
- Power Station: Featuring discussions on popular wind topics in the industry, including the live General Sessions.
- Tech Innovations: Focused on commercially available technology innovations that are likely to have a significant impact in lowering wind LCOE in the next five years
- Thought Leader Theater: Listen to ideas and thought leadership from senior industry executives through interviews and panels.
- Fast Track: Quick hits of timely information from stand-alone presenters on a variety of topics.
- Collaboration Station: Learn from presenters and attendees through collaboration opportunities.
“As the industry, representing one of America’s most competitively-priced energy sources, looks ahead to the 2020s, energy professionals from across all energy sectors and from all over the globe will meet in Houston to collaborate about how to power the future, working together!” adds Adams.
View the full WINDPOWER 2019 agenda here.