California Wind Energy Collaborative Forum 2009

California Wind Energy Collaborative Forum 2009


March 4, 2009
Buehler’s Alumni & Visitors Center
UC Davis, Davis, CA

The California Wind Energy Collaborative conducted its sixth annual Forum on March 4, 2009. The Forum was held at the Buehler’s Alumni & Visitors Center at University of California, Davis.

The Forum focused on two major issues:

  1. Growth & Development
  2. Education & Training

1) Growth & Development
The state has long been a pioneer and leader in renewable energy. Recently wind development has slowed, but the industry continues to grow. Speakers addressed hurdles in wind development and provided insight on how these hurdles may be overcome to advance wind energy growth.

2) Education & Training 
The U.S. wind industry is expected to experience long-term growth creating numerous job opportunities and providing some strength to the weakening economy. A need for qualified technicians and engineers has caused many universities and colleges to create new educational programs to fill this void. Panel speakers introduced their programs and discussed how additional educational opportunities are needed to provide the industry with skilled workers.

Thank you to all those who attended and stimulated discussion. We had over 100 attendees. In particular, we are grateful to our speakers and panel moderators, who shared their current and in depth knowledge of the most prevalent issues in wind energy today.

The proceedings for this forum include:

  • Copies of the presentation slides
  • Audio recordings of the presentations
  • Roster of Forum registrants

The presentation slides are in PDF format and require Adobe Reader for viewing. The audio recordings are in mp3 format and most likely can be played on your computer without the installation of any additional software.

Access to the roster is limited to registered attendees of the Forum. If you registered for the Forum, the username and password required to access the roster have been already e-mailed to you. Contact if you need the username and password re-sent to you.


March 4, 2009

Session, Speaker

  • California Wind Energy Collaborative Forum 2009 (Introduction), Bruce White, Dean of College of Engineering of UC Davis, California Wind Energy Collaborative – PDF
  • Wind Energy Development in California: A Utility’s Perspective (Keynote), Chifong Thomas, Principal Consulting Engineer, PG&E – PDF


Morning Panel: Wind Development Issues
Moderator: Dora Yen-Nakafuji, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Session, Speaker

  • Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative, RETI, Mike DeAngelis, Sacramento Municipal Utility District – PDF
  • Wind Development Issues: Grid Integration, David Hawkins, California ISO – PDFMP3
  • Uncertainties in the California Wind Energy Market, Nancy Rader, California Wind Energy Association – PDFMP3
  • Regulatory Drivers and Barriers, Patricia Thompson, Sageview Associates, Inc. – PDFMP3
  • Impact of the Economic Crisis on Wind Development, Ilan Caplan, Compass Wind – PDFMP3


Afternoon Panel: Education & Training
Moderator: Henry Shiu, California Wind Energy Collaborative

Session, Speaker

  • Education (Panel Introduction), Henry Shiu, California Wind Energy Collaborative – PDF
  • Wind Energy: Economic and Job Impacts, Jim Caldwell, Workforce Incubator – PDFMP3
  • Wind Energy Programs at Universities, Andy Swift, Texas Tech University – PDFMP3
  • California Community Colleges: Wind Power Training, Peter Davis, Advanced Transportation Technology and Energy Initiative, California Community Colleges – PDFMP3
  • Wind Energy Training Challenges: Training for Tomorrow’s Careers, Al Zeitz, Iowa Lakes Community College – PDFMP3
  • Training and Educating the New Clean Energy Workforce, Susan Wolff, Columbia Gorge Community College – PDFMP3