This is an excerpt from the Third Quarter 2012 edition of the Wind Program R&D Newsletter.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Program will welcome visitors to its booth, #600, at AWEA's Offshore WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition October 9 – 11, 2012, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Visitors to the booth will have an opportunity to speak with Wind Program representatives, learn about the program's current and upcoming research and development projects, and pick up copies of the program's latest publications, including the 2011 Wind Technologies Market Report.

Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to hear presentations by some of the program's leading researchers and representatives, including presentations by Walt Musial, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, on offshore wind energy standards and Andrea Copping, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, on right whales and a sustainable offshore wind industry.

DOE's Wind Program leads the nation's efforts to improve the performance, lower the costs, and accelerate the deployment of land-based and offshore wind technologies. The program works with national laboratories, industry, universities, and other federal agencies to conduct research and development activities through competitively selected, cost-shared projects.

Presentations by DOE Wind Program and Program-Funded Projects at AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER

Agenda subject to change.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

State of the Art Resource Characterization—10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Dr. Bruce Bailey, President and CEO, AWS Truepower LLC

Evolving Standards and Industry-Accepted Application of Measurements and Modeling Results

DOE Studies Part I: Planning for Market-Scale Deployment—10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session Chair/Moderator: Fara Courtney, Executive Director, U.S. Offshore Wind Collaborative

Cash Fitzpatrick, Energy R&D Engineer, Department of Energy

Eric Lantz, Energy Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Nick Baldock, Garrad Hassan

Benjamin Maples, Engineer, NREL

DOE Studies Part II: Deeper Dive: Manufacturing, Ports and Vessels—1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Session Chair/Moderator: Jose Zayas, Program Manager, Wind and Water Power Program, U.S. Department of Energy

Steve Kopits, Managing Director, Douglas Westwood LLC

Dr. Christopher Elkinton, Ph.D., Garrad Hassan

Bruce Hamilton, Director, Navigant Consulting

Protecting Offshore Wildlife—1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Dr. Andrea Copping, Senior Program Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Keeping Right Whales Safe While Establishing a Sustainable Offshore Wind Industry

Kathryn Williams, Wildlife and Renewable Energy Program Director, Biodiversity Research Institute

Environmental Risk Reduction: A New Study to Understand Wildlife Densities and Movements Across Temporal and Spatial Scales on the Mid-Atlantic Continental Shelf

Achieving a Sustainable Industry: Cost Reduction and Design Improvements—2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Dr. Dale Karr, Associate Professor, University of Michigan

Bottom Fixed Platform Dynamics Models Assessing Surface Ice Interaction for Transitional Depth Structures in the Great Lakes

Walt Musial, Offshore Wind Research Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Setting the Right Standards for Long-term Production

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Understanding and Engaging Utilities—8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Mary Doswell, Senior Vice President – Alternative Energy Solutions, Dominion Resources Services, Inc.

Smart Leasing and Efficient Permitting on the Outer Continental Shelf—10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Michael Ernst, Director, Regulatory Affairs, Tetra Tech

Evaluation of Best Federal and State Policies to Overcome Major Barriers to Development of U.S. Offshore Wind Industry

YOU DECIDE—Advances in Technology—10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Bonnie Ram, RAM Power (AWEA Offshore R&D Subcommittee Chair)

Dr. Christopher Hart, OPTIMUM Offshore Wind Energy Systems, LLC.

In this interactive session, attendees will hear short pitches from 10-15 presenters and then will vote on which presentation they want to hear more about. Those with the most votes will present in greater detail about their work and take questions from the audience. Topics could include: the DOE FOAs on drivetrains, next generation turbines, floating platforms, or projects being funded by DOI.