This conference is designed to discuss issues of importance regarding large wind farms to County Board and Zoning Board members.
7:30 AM – Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM – Wind Energy 101 Pre-session
(Pre-session for those new to wind farm projects)
9:00 AM – Welcome & Center for Renewable Energy Research
10:00 AM – Best Practices of County Boards and Zoning Boards Panel
11:00 AM - Break - Exhibits and Networking
11:15 AM – Decommissioning Panel
12:30 PM – Lunch and Exhibits
1:30 PM – County Ordinance Key Provisions & Tax Issues Panel
3:00 PM - Break - Exhibits and Networking
3:15 PM – New Technology Impact on Health & Safety Issues Panel
4:30 PM – Adjourn
*Agenda and speakers subject to change
Matt Aldeman is Senior Energy Analyst for the Center for Renewable Energy at Illinois State University. 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 as 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.
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 of the Illinois Wind Energy Coalition, an alliance of businesses, organizations and individuals dedicated to helping wind power thrive in Illinois. The Coalition was known as the Illinois Wind Energy Association until late 2011, when the group merged with Wind on the Wires, a 501(c)(3) non-profit working to lower the barriers to wind energy throughout the Midwest. The newly-reformed Coalition will continue to be the chief advocate for wind power policy in the state. In his role as a policy advocate, 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. 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.
Philip Dick, AICP, has been the Director of the McLean County Department of Building and Zoning since August 2001. Prior to that, he was the McLean County Planner since February of 1993. Prior to that, he had been a planner for Palm Beach County, Florida since January of 1989. Phil is the Director of the Illinois State Section of the American Planning Association. He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) since 1994. He holds a B.S. in Economics from Illinois State University and has completed graduate course work in Geography, Economic Development and Planning at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.
James Greenberger is a principal with Private Equity Law Advisors, a law firm located in Chicago, Illinois. He concentrates his practice in advising high growth companies working in cleantech and alternative energy on debt and equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and project development. Jim represents developers of wind farms, biofuels projects, and waste-to-energy projects as well as companies developing new technologies designed to supplement traditional sources of energy. He has represented some of the leading venture capital and private equity firms in the country in cleantech investments. Jim has particular interest in wind power and energy storage technologies. He is a co-founder and currently serves as Executive Director of the National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries (NAATBatt), a national trade association that represents the leading companies building advanced batteries for electric vehicles and smart grid applications. Jim has been representing high growth technology companies for over twenty years. He is a frequent speaker and author on topics relating to renewable energy, private equity and venture finance.
James Griffin is a partner in the Chicago law firm of Schain, Burney, Banks & Kenny, Ltd. 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.
David Hepler is a full time Chiropractic Physician, practicing in Lincoln, Illinois, since 1983. He is serving his 4th term on the Logan County Board and is its current Vice Chairman. He also Chairs the Planning and Zoning Committee as well as the Economic Development/Executive Committee. Previously he served 4 terms as Chairman of the Regional Planning Committee. Logan County presently has a Wind Tower presence, shared with Tazwell County, of the Railsplitter Wind Farm. AWEM has been approved for Phase 1 of the Sugar Creek project which will involve over 100 Wind Towers. Mr. Hepler will focus on the role of the County Board collectively and the members individually in this process. He will touch on his County's experience with Railsplitter and how that affected the vetting of Sugar Creek 1. He will discuss time frames, agenda placements and dialogue with other groups. Local and Regional Counsel benefits will be touched upon. Of specific importance will be the project handling as it reflects the local climate towards other growth-related initiatives. Even the higher-educational implications will be discussed and in the case of Logan County how those have affected an ongoing Master Plan formation. His goal is not to be prescriptive rather to discuss Logan County's experience with (2) projects to provide a resource for other Units of Government who are similarly approached.
Michael Kohr currently serves on the Bureau County Board of Supervisors, sitting on four committees. He was elected to this position in 2008 to represent the people of the 18th district. In addition to the County Board he serves as Selby Township Clerk and previously held the position of Trustee in that township.
David Loomis, Ph.D., is 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 the Energy Policy, Electricity Journal, Review of Industrial Organization, Utilities Policy, Information Economics and Policy, International Journal of Forecasting, International Journal of Business Research, Business Economics and theJournal of Economics Education.
Martin Lubahn is the Head of Sales of Winergy Drive Systems Corporation in Elgin, IL, and is responsible for the overall planning, organization and direction of Winergy group’s sales activities in North America. The Winergy group with its headquarters in Voerde, Germany, is the leading drive technology manufacturer for wind turbines. Martin joined Winergy in 2003 to build up the service sales organization for the company. In his role as a Key Account Manager, he then participated successfully in the global expansion of Winergy, responsible for several OEM customers. Most recently, Martin served as Product Manager in Madrid, Spain, before moving into his current role in September 2009. He holds an Degree in Business Administration with specialization in Industrial Marketing.
Heidi Lubin has broad experience in both early stage ventures and with mature automotive and energy organizations, internationally and in the United States. Currently, Heidi is CEO of Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technologies (HEVT). An early stage clean technology company based in Chicago, Illinois, HEVT’s mission is to develop and deploy innovative technologies driving the transition to energy independence. We are primarily focused on our novel motor/generator that is free of rare earth materials and can enable savings of up to $100 per motor in an electric bike, $3000 per motor in a hybrid passenger vehicle, and $200,000 in a wind turbine. Prior to joining HEVT, Heidi worked as an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP restructuring in excess of $10 billion in debt obligations for multinational public and private companies in varied industries, focusing especially on the automotive, oil and gas, and media sectors. Heidi previously worked on growth equity investment strategies at Thoma Cressey Bravo and Pacific Rim Partners. Earlier in her career, Heidi assisted Fortune 100 companies to create and implement growth-oriented, educational marketing strategies. She has also worked for a number of non-profits and legal aid projects on a range of issues including nuclear security, urban redevelopment, and public health and infectious disease. In her spare time, Heidi is an avid outdoor-lover and a certified kayaking and alpine skiing instructor. Heidi has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, a JD from Northwestern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Kevin Parzyck is Vice President, Development-Central Region. He is responsible for Invenergy’s wind project development efforts in the central North American region, which encompasses part of Canada and nine Midwest states. Among numerous other energy generation projects, Parzyck is overseeing two wind farms now being constructed here in Illinois. In addition, he has overseen development of Michigan’s largest wind project to date, which also is in construction. He has more than 30 years of experience developing large-scale infrastructure projects, including power plants, high-rise buildings, and telecommunications networks. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Chuck Schopp has been the Livingston County Zoning Administrator for 27 years. He is a graduate of Western Illinois University.
Jon Schroeder is Area Vice President for Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc. He provides surety expertise and dedicated service to select contractors and Fortune 1000 companies. He has experience with both contract and commercial surety programs, and has handled surety needs for local construction firms to multi-national conglomerates, and everything in between. He has also been able to effectively negotatie with sureties on concerns such as indemnity, pricing, collateral, and capacity. He is a proven resource for contract document and bond form review. Jon is active in several industry and professional organizations including construction Financial Management Association, Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association, The Surety Association of Illinois, and the NAtional Association of Surety Bond Producers.
William M. Shay is Principal of the Shay Law Group, Ltd., recently formed and based in Peoria. The firm provides legal services to businesses and individuals, and is involved in energy projects. Previously, he 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. Bill has also served in other operating and business positions for two different energy companies, as well as another small business. He 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. Bill 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. His practice is concentrated in corporate/business law, alternative energy project development, and utility regulation. Bill has represented parties involved in wind energy, ethanol, biodiesel, and other alternative energy projects.
Karen Tyrell, Ph.D., is a Senior Vice President of BHE Environmental. Dr. Tyrell’s work centers on integrating land-use planning and predictive impact analyses to evaluate and resolve environmental conflicts in a way that is ultimately 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, subsequently 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. Dr. Tyrell has served on the US Fish and Wildlife Service Indiana Bat Recovery Team, and is currently active on a number of technical advisory committees addressing environmental effects of utility-grade wind power facilities.
R. Todd Weegens, PE, is a Firm Principal of Fehr-Graham & Associates, an engineering and science consulting firm employing 100 professionals in five offices. He is also the manager of the Renewable Energy Services section, including Wind Power Development Services. Todd received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1983. With seven years at the Illinois Department of Transportation and 21 at Fehr-Graham & Associates, he has over 28 years of experience. Licensed as a Professional Engineer in nine states, Todd has developed an extensive engineering background. He has led several high profile private and public development projects, utilizing his strong relationships with federal and local agencies to facilitate project coordination. As Manager of Wind Development Services, he manages staff resources to meet a wide variety of client needs from permitting and environmental studies, site assessments, land surveying, engineering design, special studies, transportation aspects and on to construction management. His wind related experience includes nearly 20 projects (10 in Illinois) with over 2,000 MW Capacity.
C. Pius Weibel is a Senior Geologist at the Illinois State Geological Survey, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is in his 8th year as a member of the Champaign County Board and in his 6th year as the Chair of the Champaign County Board.
Jolene Willis is Wind Energy Program Coordinator 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. She was previously the economic development coordinator for University of Illinois Extension H-M-W Unit and served as Executive Director of the Western Illinois Economic Development Partnership, the economic development entity for Warren County. She is an M.P.A. candidate at the University of Illinois Springfield and has a B.S. in Agricultural Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. J. Randy Winter is 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 currently serves at the Chairperson of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.
The Marriott had offered a special rate for conference attendees until January 25th. If you need overnight accomodations, please call the Marriott directly to inquire if they still may have rooms available at the special rate of $109 per night, plus applicable taxes. You must identify yourself as with the IWWG Siting, Zoning and Taxing Conference. Phone: 309-862-9000.
The Marriott Hotel & Conference Center is located at 201 Broadway Street, Normal, IL, 61761. Phone 309-862-9000.
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