For any industry that is in growth mode, the ability to attract new and capable talent is often among the key components of achieving long-term success. The wind power business is in a period of expansion, to say the least.
That’s one reason why the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) “Introduction to Wind Power” pre-conference seminar has been one of the most popular events at the organization’s annual WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition and Wind Energy Fall Symposium the last couple of years.
While WINDPOWER and the Fall Symposium draw everyone from top-level CEOs to recent industry entrants, the seminar is an opportunity for those new to the industry to get immersed in the basics of wind, particularly in light of the fact that the industry is drawing talent from all backgrounds, including executives and professionals from other industries who possess high-level skills but are in the midst of the learning curve when it comes to industry knowledge.
Case in point: 67% of participants attending the Introduction to Wind Power seminar at the 2006 Fall Symposium had two years or less experience in the industry; 19% had between two and five years in the business.
“The wind energy industry is absorbing an ever-growing flow of new talent,” said AWEA Executive Director Randall Swisher. “AWEA sees the Introduction to Wind Power pre-conference seminar as a central piece of our strategy to foster the industry’s growth by tailoring our educational programming to this crucial segment of the industry.”
Once again, the seminar features an impressive lineup at this year’s AWEA Wind Energy Fall Symposium, which takes place November 1 and 2 in Carlsbad, Calif., with the pre-conference seminar set for October 31. Ed Feo, a partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP, will lead an overview on wind power project economics.
The technology piece of the industry, meanwhile, will be covered by Paul Veers, manager of wind energy technology at Sandia National Laboratories. AWS Truewind’s Director of Project Services, Jim Adams, will tackle wind resource analysis, while Nexgen Energy Managing Director J. Charles Smith will offer his take on the basics of transmission and integration.
“Wind energy is one of the most exciting and dynamic industries that there is,” said Swisher. “And what’s exciting about Introduction to Wind Power is that it gives us the opportunity to share wind’s compelling story with new members of the industry—and hopefully make them all the more enthusiastic about being a part of it.”
This article first appeared in Wind Energy Weekly, and was republished with permission from the American Wind Energy Association.