With less than one month until the start of the U.S. wind energy industry’s largest-ever annual meeting, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has announced the speaker lineup for the WINDPOWER 2003 Conference and Exhibition. The event will take place at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas May 18-21, 2003.Washington, D.C. – May 6, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] “As the second-largest producer of wind-generated electricity in the nation, Texas has become a national leader in wind,” said AWEA Executive Director Randall Swisher. “Texas has a rich wind resource and a strong set of state policies designed to promote wind energy development, and we’re thrilled to be bringing the largest-ever wind industry conference to the Lone Star State.” At a time of turbulence in energy markets, the American wind industry continues to post double-digit growth. WINDPOWER 2003 will provide an opportunity for national leaders from the worlds of business and government to discuss the expansion of wind energy in the United States and address the entrepreneurs and advocates who have helped wind become the fastest-growing energy source in the world. Featured speakers at the conference include: · U.S. Department of Energy Assistant Secretary David Garman · Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioners Nora Mead Brownell and William Massey · American Electric Power CEO E. Linn Draper, Jr. · GE Wind Energy CEO Steve Zwolinski · LM Glasfiber A/S CEO Anders D. Christensen · NEG Micon CEO Torben Bjerre-Madsen · Shell WindEnergy, Inc., Executive Vice President David Jones · TXU Energy Vice President for Origination and Business Development Peter Greenberg · Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc., CEO Svend Sigaard · Austin, Texas, Mayor Gus Garcia · Public Citizen Texas State Office Director Thomas Smith · Texas Wind Coalition Executive Director Mike Sloan · Internationally renowned architect William McDonough Speakers will address a variety of topics critical to the continued growth of the wind industry, including: developments in the technology, extension of the federal wind energy production tax credit, enactment of a national renewables portfolio standard, implementation of non-discriminatory transmission access policies for wind, increased support for the development and use of small wind turbines, and a host of related issues. Speakers will be available to the media on Monday, May 19 and Tuesday, May 20 to provide journalists with an opportunity to interview featured speakers. National conference calls for media may be held in conjunction with the two media availabilities scheduled on Monday, May 19. In addition, the following AWEA member companies are planning major media events or announcements during the conference: Austin Energy, GE Wind Energy, NEG Micon, and Vestas-American Wind Technology.