Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave., Peoria, IL 61602
8:30 a.m. - Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - Wind Energy 101 (pre-session for those new to the wind industry)
9:45 a.m. - Break & Exhibits
10:00 a.m. - Welcome
10:10 a.m. - State of Illinois Outlook
10:40 a.m. - Keynote Address - Wind Energy Update
11:15 a.m. - Networking & Exhibits Break
11:30 a.m. - Breakout Seminars:
12:30 p.m. - Lunch & Exhibits
1:45 p.m. - Breakout Panel Sessions:
3:15 p.m. - Break
3:30 p.m. - Breakout Panel Sessions:
5:00 p.m. - Check in to Hotels
6:00 p.m. - Buses Leave for Wind Tour - Optional Registration (additional charge) – Bus Transportation – Two Options:
9:00 p.m. - Return to the Peoria Civic Center
8:00 a.m. - Continental Breakfast & Networking
8:30 a.m. - Welcome
8:45 a.m. - Federal Renewable Energy Policy
9:00 a.m. - Plenary Speaker
9:30 a.m. - Electric Transmission, Renewables,& Efficiency Challenges and Opportunities
10:15 a.m. - Current Research by the Center for Renewable Energy at Illinois State University
11:00 a.m. - Break
11:30 a.m. - Breakout Seminars:
12:30 p.m. - Lunch & Exhibits
1:45 p.m. - Breakout Panel Sessions:
3:15 p.m. - Break
3:30 p.m. - Plenary Panel Session - Topics Include:
5:00 p.m. - Adjourn
*Topics and speakers subject to change.
SPEAKERS AND MODERATORS INCLUDE:
Matt Aldeman is the Technical Assistant at the Illinois State University Center for Renewable Energy. He provides technical assistance and public outreach to the external community, assists faculty in applied research, and operates the Center’s SODAR unit, meteorological tower, and off-grid hybrid wind/solar system. Matt joined the Center for Renewable Energy after working for General Electric as a wind site manager, where he managed operations at the Grand Ridge and Rail Splitter wind projects. Previously, he served in the U.S. Navy as the Reactor Electrical Officer on the USS John C. Stennis and the Gunnery Officer on the USS O’Bannon. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Nuclear Power School and holds a Master of Engineering Management degree from Old Dominion University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University.
Scott Anderson is the Dean of Business & Technology at Highland Community College in Freeport, IL. He has been the Division Dean since 2006. He created and implemented the state's first Wind Turbine Technician's AAS degree. His professional experience includes 16 years as an Instructor at Highland Community College for CAD, Manufacturing, Welding and Customized Training. Prior, he worked for five years Instructor, Freeport High School. CAD/Drafting, Metals, and Woodworking. Scott has an MA in Industrial Management, Northern Illinois University 1996, and a BA in Industrial Education, Illinois State University 1985.
Steve Barnhart has more than 25 years of organizational development and operations leadership experience. He began his career at 3M, serving on the management team of several business units at the corporate headquarters in St. Paul, MN. where he was recognized for his innovation capabilities. Steve then spent seven years as General Manager of an Illinois food processor, leading the team to significant increases in profitability. For the eight years prior to joining IMEC, Steve worked as an independent consultant, delivering organizational development services to the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Steve has a B.B.A. in Accounting from Harding University and an M.B.A. from St. Thomas University. In addition, Steve is a certified Training Within Industry (TWI) Job Instructions Trainer and certified Change Management Professional.
Kyle Barry is an attorney with McGuireWoods LLP and a vice president in the State Government Relations group of McGuireWoods Consulting. An experienced commercial litigator and former deputy general counsel for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, he has established relationships with leading federal, state and local officials in Illinois. Kyle has an extensive background in business expansion services and economic development. While serving as deputy general counsel for the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Development, Kyle managed the legal affairs for the Large Business Development Division, the Energy and Recycling Division, the Office of Coal Development, the DCEO Grants Unit and the Illinois Trade Office. Kyle has provided guidance on general business development projects as well as on energy projects, including wind energy developments, ethanol plants, coal projects and a geothermal energy enterprise. In addition, Kyle recently helped form a trade association for wind energy developers in Illinois, and he now helps manage the government affairs for the association.
Kevin Borgia is founder and Executive Director of the Illinois Wind Energy Association, a non-profit trade group working to improve the business environment for wind power in Illinois. Previously, Kevin worked as editor of the federal energy and environmental policy newsletters Energy Washington and Inside EPA. He is a central Illinois native and a graduate of Illinois State University. In his role as IWEA Director, Kevin has secured significant state policy victories for wind energy in Illinois, including new tax incentives and stable tax structures for wind farms in Illinois, improved power markets for renewables under the Illinois Power Agency, new loan guarantees for renewables, and better permitting regulations for Illinois wind projects.
Brian Bub is a wildlife ecologist who specializes in avian studies. In 2002, he joined Natural Resources Consulting, Inc. where he currently serves as a Senior Avian Ecologist. Mr. Bub has a BS in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and an MS in Forestry from Michigan Tech University where he studied and published peer-reviewed research on forest songbird communities. Since 1995, he has conducted nest searches, territory mapping, trapping and banding, behavioral observations, point count surveys, and broadcast call surveys in forest, grassland, and wetland habitats for a variety of different bird species in the upper Midwest. He has conducted bird surveys for graduate research, other academic research projects, inventory and monitoring projects for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, as well as professional service projects for transportation, utility clients, and wind energy clients. Mr. Bub has completed avian screening analyses, developed avian study plans, coordinated with regulatory agencies, and conducted pre-construction bird surveys at community and commercial scale wind energy projects. Mr. Bub’s other natural resource specialties include biological surveys, wetland ecology, threatened and endangered resources, environmental regulations and permitting.
Bob Clevenstine is a Fish and Wildlife Biologist stationed at the US Fish and Wildlife Service Rock Island Field Office, Ecological Services. Bob received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology from Southern Illinois University in 1979 and his Master of Science degree in Biology from Western Illinois University in 1992. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, and is an active member of The Wildlife Society. He has served as the Chapter Secretary -Treasurer, chaired the Society’s Special Session on ATV use at the 2004 North American, and most recently co chaired a workshop on adaptive management and strategic habitat conservation at the Society’s annual conference in 2008. Current interests include population dynamics of the Indiana bat, restoration ecology, and adaptive management application. Current responsibilities include FWS input for river navigation channel maintenance, Indiana bat recovery, and restoration project planning. Bob has 25 years experience working on natural resource policy and management issues on the Upper Mississippi River. He has chaired or co-chaired several interagency committees and works with staff from the Corps and 5 states bordering the Upper Mississippi. His federal project background on the Mississippi River led to his assignment to the White House Office of Environmental Policy Interagency Floodplain Management Review Committee following the 1993 flood. He is currently a member of the Science Panel for the Corps’ Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program, and the Service Region 3 Strategic Habitat Conservation Regional Support Team. He recently completed a detail as acting Refuge Manager at Port Louisa NWR, and is looking forward to working with Upper Mississippi National Wildlifeand Fish Refuge staff to form the partnership for the Eastern Tallgrass Priairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative.
Guenter Conzelmann is the Director of the Center for Energy, Environmental, and Economic Systems Analysis at Argonne National Laboratory. His center develops new modeling and simulation tools and provides analytical services to government institutions and private sector clients around the world on strategic energy and environmental issues. In recent years, Mr. Conzelmann has focused his interests on applying complex systems theories and agent-based modeling approaches to short- and long-term simulations of energy markets, including restructured power markets, and the evolution of new transportation infrastructures. Mr. Conzelmann is leading Argonne wind power technologies and analysis program and as well as Argonne’s building technologies activities. He is the author/co-author of numerous publications, including sponsor reports, conference papers, journal articles, and book contributions in the energy and environmental field. He is frequently invited to speak on these subjects at conferences, workshops, and training courses around the world.
Brian Cuffle started at Ameren in 1992, and he is currently a Key Account Executive dealing with Major Commercial and Industrial customers in the Ameren IL Utilities service area. As of the April 1, 2008, he was assigned the position of the “Single Point Of Contact” for all interconnection customers and the Net Metering Coordinator for Ameren in the State of Illinois. Brian has a Bachelors in Business Administration from Delta State University in Cleveland, MS.
Scott Daniels is Managing Director of Windan Consulting, a consultancy focused on supply chain assistance to the wind industry. Previously, Scott was employed with Vestas Nacelles America as Director, System Leader North America, Power Generation. Prior to his position at Vestas, he held supply chain executive positions within the transportation, aerospace, and other industries. Scott has an MBA from the University of Iowa and a BS Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University. Scott is APICS and Six Sigma Certified, and is Chairman of the ISM-Chicago Alternate Energy Committee and leader of the Wind Energy Supply Chain and Operations Group.
Jeremiah Dye is the Wind Energy Instructor at Danville Area Community College.
Scott Engstrom is an Account Executive for Ameresco, Inc., the largest independent energy solutions provider in North America. In this role, Scott is responsible for developing performance contracting and energy related projects in Illinois. Before becoming an Account Executive, he was a Project Manager for Ameresco, Inc. Scott has been a key component of the development and the installation of the wind turbine generators at Sherrard CUSD #200 and PORTA CUSD #202. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Andy Evans is a project developer with Gamesa Energy USA, focusing on Gamesa’s Illinois portfolio. Andy leads Gamesa’s development activities in Woodford, Livingston, Winnebago, Ogle, and Stephenson counties. With a background in economics and strategic analytics, Andy is responsible for pursuing business development and off-take opportunities, identifying creative market solutions, and leading permitting and community relations efforts. Committed to sensible and sustainable energy solutions, Andy is passionate about the role wind development plays in helping to maintain rural communities.
Jonathan Fiepel is Deputy Director of the Illinois Energy Office for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Mr. Feipel joined DCEO in September 2006. Before joining the Department, Mr. Feipel spent over seven years working for the Illinois Commerce Commission. Mr. Feipel holds a M.A. in Economics from Illinois State University, Bloomington, Illinois; a B.A. in International Relations, Modern Languages and Theatre Arts from Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin; and a Diplôme des Etudes Françaises from L’ Université de Haute Bretagne, Rennes, France.
Larry Flowers has held various management positions at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory since 1980. Since 1990, he has been a team leader and principal project manager at NREL’s National Wind Technology Center in Boulder, Colorado. His most recent assignment is the National Technical Director of Wind Powering America, a U.S. Department of Energy program launched in 1999 to dramatically increase the deployment of wind in the United States. WPA focuses on states and institutions that have dramatically underutilized their wind resources. Prior to WPA, Mr. Flowers led NREL’s international Village Power program and the NWTC’s hybrid systems technology project. Prior to the NWTC, he led programs and projects in NREL’s business development, buildings sciences, utility systems, solar thermal, and industrial applications. He has an MBA from the University of Denver and a BS in metallurgical engineering and materials sciences from Lehigh University. He enjoys fly-fishing and whitewater rafting in the Rockies
Maryl Freestone is a Senior Engineer and has been with ComEd for 14 years. As part of her role at ComEd, she serves as the program manager for the ComEd Net Metering Program. She has 7 years experience as a utility contact working with customers installing behind-the-meter wind and photovoltaic generator systems and participated in the workshops that developed the Illinois Electric Interconnection of Distributed Generation Facilities - Part 466. Maryl has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering.
John Freitag is Vice President of Operations for the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, the statewide trade organization for the Illinois electric and telephone cooperatives. He has a keen interest in renewable energy and energy efficiency, particularly residential weatherization and lighting and geothermal heating and cooling technology. In the past two years he has been instrumental in the start up of the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois, the statewide trade association for the geothermal heating and cooling industry, and serves as Executive Vice President of the organization. He has been with the AIEC since 1985. A native of southern Wisconsin, he’s a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and worked in newspaper publishing for 10 years prior to joining the Wisconsin electric co-op statewide organization in 1983. He is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and a Certified Cooperative Communicator (CCC) and a member of the Illinois Wind Working Group executive board.
Alyson Grady joined the Illinois Energy Office of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in December 2009 after nearly a decade working with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. As the state’s Renewable Energy Manager, she oversees all programs promoting solar, wind, biofuel, and other renewable energy sources. While serving at IEPA, Alyson worked on developing wetland and stream program initiatives at the State and Federal level, as well as coordinating with numerous state and federal agencies for project development and permitting activities. Since joining DCEO, she has been responsible for directing projects made possible under the renewable energy and green industry business development portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. (ARRA) as well as the state Renewable Energy Resources Program. Alyson received her B.S. in Biology -- with a concentration in Chemistry – in May 1995 from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University).
Jim Griffin is a partner in the Chicago law firm of Schain, Burney, Banks & Kenny. Jim and his firm have counseled clients regarding several wind energy projects, representing both wind energy companies and local government. Jim has advised wind energy clients on siting and land use matters, environmental issues, state and local taxation, leases and easements, and contract negotiations. He has also served as lead counsel in two lawsuits challenging wind energy projects. Jim is a member of the American Wind Energy Association and served as a presenter at AWEA’s 2009 national conference in Chicago, and at AWEA’s 2008 national conference in Houston. He serves on the executive committee of the Illinois Wind Working Group, and has lectured on wind farm siting, project opposition, taxation, and other topics. In addition to his wind energy experience, Jim represents clients in other land use, environmental, litigation and business matters. He obtained his law degree cum laude from John Marshall Law School after earning a degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.
Chuck Herrmann is a Senior Scientist with NRC, Inc., a Mid-West-based environmental consulting firm. Chuck holds a bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and is a certified professional soil scientist. Over the last 12 years, he has completed wetland assessments, project planning, permitting, and construction compliance on a variety of projects throughout the country including various involvement with 11 large scale wind farm projects.
Ben Hoen is under contract to Berkeley Lab to investigate community responses to different renewable energy sources. In addition investigating property value impacts surrounding wind facilities Ben is currently working on a analysis of the impact of solar energy systems on home selling prices as well as an investigation into public acceptance of households living near wind turbines. Mr. Hoen is a graduate of Bard College with a Masters Degree in Environmental Policy with specialties in econometric modeling and GIS, and holds Bachelors degrees in Finance and Business from University of Maryland.
Fred Iutzi manages renewable energy programs at IIRA, overseeing a Sustainable Development staff of seven that includes specialists in wind energy, biofuels, value-added agriculture, and Geographic Information Systems. He holds an MS in Agronomy and Sustainable Agriculture from Iowa State University, an AB in Geography from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and is a Certified Crop Adviser. Previous professional affiliations include the Western Illinois University School of Agriculture and Iowa State University Extension. He is a frequent speaker on bioenergy and wind energy topics within Illinois. Founded in 1989, the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University is the state’s designated academic clearinghouse for rural research and initiatives. IIRA is the lead agency in Illinois for wind resource assessment, and provides technical assistance to local governments on wind energy issues. IIRA’s wind information webpage is located at IllinoisWind.org.
David Kennell is an Associate Director of the Center for Renewable Energy, and an Instructional Assistant Professor in the Department of Technology at Illinois State University. He has developed and taught courses in electrical circuits and machines, fluid power, automated systems, and renewable energy. He cofounded the renewable energy major with David Loomis and Randy Winter, and serves as the coordinator for that program. David is also an associate director for the Center for Renewable Energy with responsibility for technology. He collaborated with Kevin Devine to design and build the Caterpillar Integrated Manufacturing Laboratory, a unique flexible automation lab with robots, networked safety, and programmable logic control (PLC) systems.
Shannon Kerns is the Renewable Energy Project Consultant for CONTECH Construction Products Inc. – the world’s largest provider of bridge, drainage, earth stabilization and stormwater solutions for the heavy construction and civil engineering industries. With 8 years experience consulting the owner, engineer, and contractor communities Shannon specializes in roadway stabilization through the utilization of Tensar Geogrids. She earned her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, with a Minor in Environmental Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She resides in Indianapolis, Indiana and is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Order of the Engineer, and is a former President of Habitat for Humanity.
Randall Lloyd is the School Program and Ag Awareness Coordinator for the University of Illinois Extension, McLean County a position he has held since 2002. After a 35-year career in public education with McLean County Unit District #5, seven years as a high school and elementary school teacher and 28 years as an elementary school principal and school bus driver, Randy has “the best job of my life.” Randy’s involvement as the owner of farmland that is home to four wind turbines has expanded his interest in defining the partnership between production agriculture and renewable energy. His on-site tours and indoor audience presentations have been popular additions to the educational programming of the University of Illinois Extension, McLean County.
David Loomis, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Economics at Illinois State University where he teaches in the Master’s Degree program in electricity, natural gas and telecommunications economics. Dr. Loomis is Director of the Center for Renewable Energy and Executive Director of the Institute for Regulatory Policy Studies. As part of his duties, he leads the Illinois Wind Working Group under the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Loomis is part of a team of faculty that has designed a new undergraduate curriculum in renewable energy at Illinois State University. Dr. Loomis earned his Ph.D. in economics at Temple University. Prior to joining the faculty at Illinois State University, Dr. Loomis worked at Bell Atlantic (Verizon) for 11 years. He has published articles in Energy Policy, Electricity Journal, The Review of Industrial Organization, Utilities Policy, Information Economics and Policy, International Journal of Forecasting, Business Economics, and the Journal of Economics Education.
Barry Matchett is ELPC’s Co-Legislative Director and a Policy Advocate working on ELPC’s Energy Project to develop renewable energy resources and policies, implement the new clean energy development programs of the Federal Farm Bill, and advocate state-based global warming solutions policies and programs. Mr. Matchett previously worked as Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission. He has also worked on several national and local political campaigns. M.P.P., University of Chicago, 2001; B.A., Political Science, Grinnell College, 1994.
Mike Matejka is the Governmental Affairs Director for the Great Plains Laborers District Council, which represented 11,000 union Laborers in northern Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. For the last 30 years he has edited the Grand Prairie Union News and writes frequently on worker issues and labor history.
Jody Gustitus Millar has 35 years experience working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. For the past 15 years, she has been the Assistant Field Supervisor for the Rock Island, IL Field Office which covers most of Illinois and all of Iowa. Her areas of expertise include Endangered Species and Federal Projects. I have also ushered the bald eagle off the Endangered Species List and have lead the effort to develop the Bald Eagle Post-delisting Monitoring Plan. Her Field Office is involved with the Indiana bat as a federally listed species that occurs in our states. Jody received my Masters of Science degree from Western Illinois University in 1990, and a Bachelors of Science from the University of Minnesota in 1974.
Christina Mills has been with Windustry since the summer of 2008. Her work involves tracking on local, state and federal regulatory proceedings both legislative and administrative. She also focuses efforts to updating and increasing the educational materials for landowners on the Windustry website as well as collaborating with other organizations to ensure Community Wind grows with federal and local support. Prior to joining Windustry, Christina received her B.A. in Biology from St. Olaf College and her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law.
Jeffrey Nemeth is a graduate of Western Illinois University with an undergraduate degree in Recreation Management and a Master of Business Administration degree. He has been actively involved in the wind industry since 2007, when he began working as a graduate assistant at WIU. During his time there, he provided educational and technical assistance to numerous communities, school boards, and individuals who were interested in learning more about wind energy. There, he oversaw the state-wide wind monitoring program, assisted in the creation of the Illinois Wind Maps and Wind Site Selection Tool. He has contributed or co-authored multiple publications, poster-presented at AWEA and has spoken at numerous state-wide conferences on wind energy. Jeffrey is currently a Project Manager for Horizon Wind Energy and is working on the development of the Meadow Lake Wind Farm, a 600 MW multi-phase project in White County, Indiana.
Dale Osborn is a Principle Consultant for the Transmission Asset Management group of the Midwest ISO. Current projects include the dynamic power transfer ratings of areas having significant amounts of wind generation. He is the vice chair of the IEEE Wind Power Coordinating Committee. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Utility Wind Integration Group. He teaches a section of the Wind Integration Short Course.
Dale has served as a member of the DOE Peer Review for wind related programs. He is on the Technical Review Committee for the Department of Energy/National Renewable Energy Laboratory 80% renewable energy by 2050 study. Dale is an instructor in the High Voltage Direct Current Course sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Nebraska. Member of the IEEE since 1964, published papers, served on working groups, and presented at panel sessions with IEEE. BSEE and MSEE (72) from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.
His work experience was in transmission and power resource planning for the Nebraska Public Power District from 1972-1982, ABB from 1982-2001 with HVDC, Static VAR Compensator Projects, reactive power compensation and filters, 2001- present with the Midwest ISO.
Neil Palmer founded Neil Palmer & Associates in 1994 with the idea of creating a firm that specialized in assisting clients in regulated industries by developing strong local community relations and communications programs. Before launching his consulting practice, Neil Palmer spent 21 years with Wisconsin Electric Power Company (now We Energies), a nationally respected utility that serves 1 million electric and natural gas customers in Wisconsin and Michigan. Active in local affairs, Neil served seven terms as a trustee of the Village of Elm Grove, Wisconsin, before being elected Village President in 2005. In addition to serving as Village President he also is Chairman of the Planning Commission on which he has served for ten years. Neil represents Elm Grove on the Waukesha Cooperation Council where he served as Chairman in 2008-09. He is also a member of the Executive Steering Council of the Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust. Neil holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin, and is a graduate of the Public Affairs Institute.
Dr. James Payne is Interim Dean and Professor of Economics at Illinois State University. Dr. Payne has published over 170 journal articles in such outlets as Review of Economics and Statistics, Canadian Journal of Economics, Economics Letters, Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Real Estate Economics and Finance, Journal of Regional Science, Public Choice, Journal of Policy Modeling, Manchester School, Journal of Financial Research, Journal of Macroeconomics, Journal of Risk and Insurance, Applied Economics, and Applied Financial Economics. His research ranges from open economy macroeconomics to financial economics, and more recently energy economics. Dr. Payne received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Economics from Florida State University and B.A. in Economics from Berea College.
Chris Pekar is a Senior Scientist with Natural Resources Consulting, Inc. who specializes in GIS mapping and analysis. He holds a B.A. in Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology from the University of Colorado-Boulder and is completing a Masters in Geographic Information Systems from Penn State University with a focus on landscape modeling. An employee of NRC since 2003, Chris manages GIS geodatabase design for the permitting of wind farms, transmission lines and high speed rail projects for NRC’s utility and government clients. This work also includes impact avoidance, calculation, and mapping for State, Local, and Federal permitting. Prior to joining NRC, Chris worked on wildlife ecology and habitat restoration projects in California, Alaska, Manitoba, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
Jon Peeples is the Lead Financial Analyst for TradeWind Energy, LLC bringing five years of experience in the field of finance, including two with TradeWind. TradeWind specializes in the development and management of utility scale wind energy projects in the Midwest, including the current development of 1,000 MW in the state of Illinois. Mr. Peeples works to value, price and analyze the economics of TradeWind’s 8,000 MW wind portfolio in order to get the projects to financeable status. Mr. Peeples duties also include assisting in the process of marketing TradeWind’s projects to potential clients. Prior to joining TradeWind in 2008, Mr. Peeples was employed by the Henry W. Bloch School of Business at the University of Missouri Kansas City, teaching finance to undergraduate students while earning his Masters of Business Administration in finance.
Alan Pfeifer is the Dean of Information Services at Sauk Valley Community College. Alan received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Upper Iowa University. He received his master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Western Illinois University. His service to SVCC has included responsibilities in the areas of Student Services, Academic administration and now in his current position as the Dean of the College’s Information Services, Instructional Technology and Learning Resource Center areas. He has a major role in bringing technology initiatives to the College. Alan is also an adjunct faculty member teaching various courses in computer and information science. Alan is currently a member of the Illinois Century Network Advanced Engineering Task Committee and the Illinois Wind Working Group. Sauk Valley Community College is a member of AWEA.
Bill Poole is a partner with Natural Resources Consulting, Inc., an environmental consulting firm that provides private sector and governmental clients with a full range of technical natural resource services, and regulatory consultation on today’s complex environmental issues. Bill has degrees in biology and wildlife management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and has been professionally involved in the natural resources field for over 24 years. As a consultant, he evaluates the potential for environmental impacts associated with a variety of development projects such as transmission lines, pipelines, transportation, residential and commercial development and power generating facilities including coal, natural gas, hydroelectric and wind energy projects. Subsequently, he works closely with developers, engineers, contractors and natural resource agency staff to provide solutions for environmental impact avoidance or minimization and, when necessary, develops conservation plans and mitigation strategies for regulatory compliance. His involvement in such projects includes wildlife habitat and risk assessments, endangered and threatened species surveys, wetland and waterway identification and permitting, and avian and bat surveys.
John Schnagl serves as Director Transmission Adequacy with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in Washington, DC. Prior to taking this position, he worked for 22 years with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission where he advised the Commission on proposed hydroelectric projects, natural gas pipelines, and electric transmission as well as the adequacy of the nation’s energy infrastructure. His federal career started in Omaha, Nebraska with the Corps of Engineers. He has a B.S. from the University of California at Davis and an M.S. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Keith Shank has served as the primary point of contact in Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Office of Realty and Environmental Planning for wind energy projects and related issues since 2006. He has been providing guidance and advice to units of local government regarding the effects of development projects on Illinois Endangered Species and Natural Areas Inventory Sites since 1996. Keith joined IDNR after seventeen years with the United States Department of the Interior dealing with the environmental effects of past and present coal mining in Illinois. He has a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Forest Management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (1978) and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Illinois at Springfield (1995).
William M. Shay is a founding partner in Cover, Shay & Evans, LLP, recently formed and based in Peoria. The firm provides legal services to businesses and individuals, and is involved in energy projects. Previously, Mr. Shay was associated with two separate major Chicago law firms, and served as General Counsel for approximately seven years for CILCORP, a major, NYSE electric and gas public utility holding company. He has also served in other operating and business positions for two different energy companies, as well as another small business. Mr. Shay is licensed to practice law in Illinois and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a 1974 honors graduate of Bradley University, with a B.S. degree in Accounting. He earned his J.D. from the University of Illinois, where he graduated cum laude in 1978 and was a member of Law Review and a Harno Fellow. Following graduation, Mr. Shay clerked for two years for Justice Thomas J. Moran of the Illinois Supreme Court. Mr. Shay’s practice is concentrated in corporate/business law, alternative energy project development, and utility regulation. He has represented parties involved in wind energy, ethanol, biodiesel, and other alternative energy projects.
Wes Slaymaker has a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, 1991, and is certified as a Professional Engineer in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He worked for 8 years as a mechanical design engineer for various fluid power equipment manufacturers prior to entering the wind business in 2000. Mr. Slaymaker is President of WES Engineering Inc, and has ten years of experience working in the wind turbine business. He has assisted in all aspects of the design and development of wind turbine projects ranging in size from a single 35kW turbine in rural Minnesota, to a 100 MW wind turbine project in Northern Illinois. Mr. Slaymaker is a trained used of Windfarmer and WASP software used in wind speed modeling over the project site, project site design, shadow flicker and noise modeling, and long term wind speed and energy estimates. Mr Slaymaker is also experienced in assisting with wind project interconnection applications and agreements, permitting, and project management.
Joel Smiley is the Executive Director for the Lincoln and Logan County Development Partnership. He holds a BA in Political Science from Colorado State University and a MPA from the University of Colorado. Through his ten years of economic development and city management experience, he became very active in state and regional organizations. As Executive Director for the Lincoln and Logan County Economic Development Partnership, Joel has worked with wind developers and manufacturers assisting in attracting new wind resources to Logan County. Currently Joel is in the process of putting together plans for the first Logan County Economic Development Master Plan Business Incubator. In Chesterfield, Missouri Joel served as the Executive Director of the Chesterfield Community Development Corporation, Joel helped save 1300 jobs as Pfizer took over the Pharmacia Chesterfield site. During his tenure, Joel became very active with the Missouri Economic Development Council holding positions including St. Louis District Director. In Hazelwood, Missouri, Joel served as the Assistant to the City Manager. Joel worked on projects including the attraction of the $125 million. St. Louis Mills and a $60 million expansion of IBM.
Steven Smith has over 30 years experience spanning the construction, consulting, and Public Utilities industry. Steve joined Farnsworth Group in 2007 and serves as a Director of Business Development, and Green Navigation Solutions for Farnsworth Group’s with a focus on the Company’s Renewable Energy initiative. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from Illinois State University in 1972. Mr. Smith has a proven track record of building successful client relationships with private, educational, commercial, industrial, and municipal clients, as well as local, state and federal government agencies. He plays a key role in business development strategies, client support and project team building. In addition to his role as Business Development Director, Steve is a member of the American Wind Energy Association ( AWEA), Illinois Solar Energy Association ( ASEA), Midwest Renewably Energy Association, Illinois Renewable Energy association, and is a member of the Illinois Chapter of the Association of Professional Energy Consultants.
Stanley (Jay) Solomon is an Engineering Technology Educator with University of Illinois Extension based at the East Peoria Center. Solomon grew up in West Texas and received a MS Degree in Agricultural Engineering from Oklahoma State University. His activities in renewable energy have included serving as chair of the Renewable Power Generation technical committee of American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and coordinating two statewide informational workshops on wind energy. In 2007, he joined the Illinois Wind Working Group as a representative of the University of Illinois Extension. Solomon coordinated the “Wind 101, From a Landowners Perspective” seminar series held through Illinois from Dec 2008 through February 2010 sponsored by U of I Ext and IWWG.
Steven Spethmann is the Supply Chain Manager for Suzlon Wind Energy Corporation, an international market leader supplying wind turbine generators. He is responsible for all parts and services to support installation, operation and maintenance for turbine units in the US market. Prior, Steven spent eight years as the customer service manager for Simpson Technologies Corporation. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Steven Smith has more than 30 years experience spanning the construction, consulting, and Public Utilities industry. Steve joined Farnsworth Group in 2007 and serves as a Director of Business Development, and Green Navigation Solutions with a focus on the Company’s Renewable Energy initiative. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from Illinois State University in 1972. Mr. Smith has a proven track record of building successful client relationships with private, educational, commercial, industrial, and municipal clients, as well as local, state and federal government agencies. He plays a key role in business development strategies, client support and project team building. In addition to his role as Business Development Director, Steve is a member of the American Wind Energy Association ( AWEA), Illinois Solar Energy Association ( ASEA), Midwest Renewably Energy Association, Illinois Renewable Energy association, and is a member of the Illinois Chapter of the Association of Professional Energy Consultants.
Clay Sterling is the Education Director of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. He has been working for the Midwest Renewable Energy Association since 1999. During that time, he has worked closely with the stakeholders in the organization to develop and market a training program that has grown from just under 200 students per year to serving over 3,000 students each year. The program has experienced a 30-50% growth each year. Clay has a construction background gained from working in his families plumbing shop and also working 9 years as a commercial electrician on large construction projects. He has a B.S. degree from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in Resource Management with an emphasis on Environmental Education. While working for the MREA, he has been involved with several renewable energy installations; in particular, 4 wind installations for the MREA. Clay maintains three of the MREA’s wind turbines and one at home. Clay has lived in an off-grid PV powered home for 10 years.
Marie Streenz joined Horizon Wind Energy in April 2005. Marie’s major duties include submitting FAA permit filings for turbines for each of the projects that run out of the Great Lakes Regional Office, assisting in managing several projects in the Great Lakes Region, communicating with landowners, maintaining information on projects, landowners, and their respective documents as well as creating maps for several projects. Her background is in the protection of human health and the environment and sustainable resource management. Marie graduated from Illinois State University in December 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in environmental health.
Crissy Sutter has been involved in bat ecology for more than 20 years, since earning a Master’s degree studying ecological energetics of hibernating big brown bats and the implications for microhabitat selection and overwinter survival. She is the co-inventor of Remote Bat Acoustic Technology (ReBAT™) an innovative bat acoustic monitoring system capable of long-term unattended deployments. She has been an ecologist for a variety of state agencies and is currently the Lead for the Bat Team and Director of Ecological Services at Pandion Systems where she advises on wildlife-wind energy topics such as Avian and Bat Protection Plans (ABPP), Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP), Environmental Assessments (EA), and develops quantitative spatial risk models for birds and bats at proposed wind energy facilities.
Kate Tomford works in the Illinois Energy Office at the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO). She currently develops and administers various energy efficiency and renewable energy incentive programs, manages the Illinois Green Governments Coordinating Council, and represents DCEO on sustainability-related task forces and committees. Prior to joining DCEO, Kate worked on energy and environmental policy in Governor Pat Quinn’s Office, former Lt. Governor Pat Quinn’s Office, and the Mayor’s Office at the City of Chicago. Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in geochemistry and a master’s degree in environmental science and policy.
Karen Tyrell, Ph.D., is the Senior Vice President of BHE Environmental. Her work integrates land-use planning and predictive impact analyses to evaluate and resolve environmental conflicts in an effort to make them compatible with project goals. Dr. Tyrell specializes in wildlife impact analyses and regulatory permit compliance, and has provided a wide range of environmental support studies for the development of wind energy facilities throughout the US. Dr. Tyrell received her doctorate from the University of Illinois, and is BHE’s Senior Vice President for Business Development. Dr. Tyrell has served on the US Fish and Wildlife Endangered Species Service Indiana Bat Recovery Team, and is active on a number of technical advisory committees addressing environmental effects of utility-grade wind power facilities. Dr. Tyrell has served on the faculty of two major universities, and has developed impact assessment and environmental compliance training courses for a number of federal and state environmental programs.
Samantha Warren will be speaking on behalf of Congresswoman Halvorson. Samantha has served as Congresswoman Halvorson’s Regional Director since 2009 and also handles agricultural issues for the Congresswoman in the district. Stretching nearly the entire width of the state of Illinois and extending from the Chicagoland suburbs to Bloomington-Normal, Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson (IL-11) represents a district where wind power is the future of green energy and green jobs. As the Co-Chair of the moderate New Democrat’s Energy Task Force, Halvorson has advocated for increased investment in wind energy, and has delivered resources for not only additional wind power in her district, but also for training for the next generation of employees to manufacture and construct wind power components. Halvorson has also introduced and supported several pieces of legislation that would support growth in the wind energy industry. These bills include HR 3909, the Renewable Energy Investment Act, which would expand tax credits for renewable energy, HR 2212, the 21st Century Energy Technology Deployment Act, which would establish a “Clean Energy Investment Fund” to provide market security and increased access to investors in new domestic clean energy and HR 3731, the Community College Energy Training Act, which creates grants for local community colleges to train technicians to work in the wind energy sector, which is especially important in the wind abundant areas of the 11th Congressional District. Congresswoman Halvorson remains dedicated to working with federal, state, and local officials to provide new tools for wind energy manufacturers to continue to grow and provide homegrown Illinois power to Illinois’ working families.
Bob Weinstein is President of the Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center, a nonprofit economic development and manufacturing consulting organization with an $8.4 million annual budget and 40-plus staff. IMEC is part of the National Manufacturing Extension Partnership that works with over 25,000 manufacturers each year to help them develop and implement market diversification/growth strategies, ensure product quality, implement lean manufacturing and administrative processes, and integrate new technology into their operations. Bob has a Ph.D. in Economics from the university of Texas with research specializations in energy economics and urban regional economic development.
Jolene Willis is Wind Energy Program Assistant for the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at Western Illinois University. As part of its mission to serve as the state's academic clearinghouse on rural development data and initiatives, IIRA provides technical assistance to communities on wind power and other forms of renewable energy. Willis has been closely involved in advancing several community- and utility-scale wind farm projects, and has comprehensive experience in professional economic development organizations and non-profit organizational management and programming. Willis was previously Executive Director of the Western Illinois Economic Development Partnership, the economic development entity for Warren County. She is a certified Business Retention and Expansion Consultant and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. IIRA's wind energy information resources can be found online at IllinoisWind.org.
Dr. J. Randy Winter is an Associate Director of the Center for Renewable Energy, and a Professor of Agricultural Economics at Illinois State University. He has a B.S. in agricultural industries from Southern Illinois University—Carbondale and a M.S. and Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Oregon State University. He teaches courses in farm management, agricultural finance, agricultural policy and renewable energy.
Jeffrey Wood, is Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology at Illinois State University. He has been on the Agriculture faculty since 1985, served as associate dean for nearly four years before being named to the interim position in 2006, and chosen to serve as dean in 2008. Jeff has his doctoral and master’s degrees from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and bachelor’s degree with honors from Southern Illinois University. In his 23 years at Illinois State, Wood has been the recipient of the college’s and ISU’s Outstanding Teaching awards, a National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Award of Merit and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges’ Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agriculture Sciences awards. Jeff served a term on the Governor’s Committee on Agricultural Education and is a past recipient of the USDA Award for Excellence in University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences for the North Central Region. In addition, he received the Honorary American Degree of the National Future Farmers of America Organization, the FFA’s highest honorary degree, based on his record of exceptional service to agriculture and agriculture education.
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