Wind 101: An Introduction to Wind Energy

This series will provide an introduction to the fundamentals and latest insights into utility-scale wind power in the U.S. Anyone wanting to learn the basics of the wind energy industry will benefit from this engaging, interactive series of webinars. 

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  • Wind 101 Part I

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/14/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Part I of this series will cover: Market Overview & Drivers for the U.S. Wind Energy Industry Wind Project Finance & Investment

    Join Part I of this series to learn the fundamentals on:

    U.S. Market Drivers 

    Wind Project Finance

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    Dr. Chris Ziesler (Moderator)

    Global Director, Energy Services, UL LLC

    Dr. Chris Ziesler has worked in the renewable power sector for over twenty years. As Vice President of Consulting Services, he provides strategic direction to AWS Truepower’s wind and solar energy consultancy, including services to support energy assessment, development and performance services. Prior to this, he oversaw the company’s technical advisory services for the Due Diligence Group. Before joining AWS Truepower Dr. Ziesler held senior-level positions for wind/renewable energy developers and operators: Powergen Renewables, Shell WindEnergy, and Wind Capital Group. His extensive experience includes management of technical due diligence programs for several wind projects valued over several hundred million dollars, management of commercial operations for hundreds of megawatts of wind assets, management of wind resource and energy assessment programs, the creation of due diligence reports used for financing by large developers, and offshore wind energy analysis. Dr. Ziesler is frequently called upon to speak as an industry expert. He was program co-chair of the AWEA Resource Assessment Workshops in Seattle, WA (2011) and Pittsburgh, PA (2012). He also chaired the wind finance session (2013) in Las Vegas, NV. Dr. Ziesler holds a Bachelor’s in Physics from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Aston University.

    Celeste Wanner

    Research & Analytics Manager, AWEA

    Michael Yurkerwich

    Director

    Michael is a Director with CohnReznick Capital and is based in the New York office. Since joining the firm in 2013, Michael has advised on over $1 billion in buy and sell-side transactions and $500 million in structured equity financing, totaling more than 3GW of renewable energy assets.

    Michael provides advisory services including process management, due diligence, structuring and deal negotiation in the renewable energy sector. He specializes in structuring acquisitions, strategic partnerships and tax equity investments across utility scale and distributed generation assets. In 2014, Michael led structuring activities related to the acquisition of 125MW of solar assets and the tax equity financing of a 300MW wind project. He has provided financial advisory services to numerous clients ranging from private equity firms and investment banks to IPPs and renewable energy developers.

    Prior to CohnReznick Capital, Michael worked for a boutique private equity firm analyzing energy investment opportunities in the oil and gas sector, while managing and enhancing the efficiency of existing portfolio investments. Michael also worked for a venture capital funded battery technology company with applications in the medical device industry.

    Michael is a CFA charter holder and received a Bachelor of Science in Management Science with a concentration in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Material Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Wind 101 Part II

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/15/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Join us for Part II of this series as we explore wind resource assessment and siting topics.

    Join Part II of this series to learn the fundamentals of:

    Wind Resource Assessment 

    Wildlife Issues & Siting and Permitting Considerations 

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    Dr. Chris Ziesler (Moderator)

    Global Director, Energy Services, UL LLC

    Dr. Chris Ziesler has worked in the renewable power sector for over twenty years. As Vice President of Consulting Services, he provides strategic direction to AWS Truepower’s wind and solar energy consultancy, including services to support energy assessment, development and performance services. Prior to this, he oversaw the company’s technical advisory services for the Due Diligence Group. Before joining AWS Truepower Dr. Ziesler held senior-level positions for wind/renewable energy developers and operators: Powergen Renewables, Shell WindEnergy, and Wind Capital Group. His extensive experience includes management of technical due diligence programs for several wind projects valued over several hundred million dollars, management of commercial operations for hundreds of megawatts of wind assets, management of wind resource and energy assessment programs, the creation of due diligence reports used for financing by large developers, and offshore wind energy analysis. Dr. Ziesler is frequently called upon to speak as an industry expert. He was program co-chair of the AWEA Resource Assessment Workshops in Seattle, WA (2011) and Pittsburgh, PA (2012). He also chaired the wind finance session (2013) in Las Vegas, NV. Dr. Ziesler holds a Bachelor’s in Physics from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Aston University.

    Jackie Hanberg

    Director of Environmental and Permitting Service, DNV GL

    Flexible and enthusiastic team player with a passion for innovation and sustainability that shows in a record of successful business initiatives. Strong ability to see market needs and business opportunities that leverage a company’s core competencies in new and creative ways. An entrepreneur and innate collaborator with experience in all aspects of business processes, both in the U.S. and abroad.

  • Wind 101 Part III

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/16/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Part III of this series will cover transmission and integration topics as well as O&M considerations.

    Join Part III of this webinar series to learn the fundamentals of:

    Transmission & Integration Considerations

    O&M, Health & Safety, and Asset Management

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    Dr. Chris Ziesler (Moderator)

    Global Director, Energy Services, UL LLC

    Dr. Chris Ziesler has worked in the renewable power sector for over twenty years. As Vice President of Consulting Services, he provides strategic direction to AWS Truepower’s wind and solar energy consultancy, including services to support energy assessment, development and performance services. Prior to this, he oversaw the company’s technical advisory services for the Due Diligence Group. Before joining AWS Truepower Dr. Ziesler held senior-level positions for wind/renewable energy developers and operators: Powergen Renewables, Shell WindEnergy, and Wind Capital Group. His extensive experience includes management of technical due diligence programs for several wind projects valued over several hundred million dollars, management of commercial operations for hundreds of megawatts of wind assets, management of wind resource and energy assessment programs, the creation of due diligence reports used for financing by large developers, and offshore wind energy analysis. Dr. Ziesler is frequently called upon to speak as an industry expert. He was program co-chair of the AWEA Resource Assessment Workshops in Seattle, WA (2011) and Pittsburgh, PA (2012). He also chaired the wind finance session (2013) in Las Vegas, NV. Dr. Ziesler holds a Bachelor’s in Physics from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Aston University.

    Michael Goggin

    Electric Industry Analyst

    Grid Strategies

    Holly Burnett

    Senior Vice President, Natural Power

    Holly is responsible for analysis and operations services in her role as Senior Vice President at Natural Power in North America. She has over fifteen years of energy engineering with broad and global renewable energy industry experience. Holly has held responsibility for project development support, construction, and operations phases of renewable energy projects including site management, remote monitoring, inspections, and root cause analysis. Holly has directed over 200 wind energy yield assessments conducted technical due diligence for several GW of operating wind assets. Holly holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Energy Analysis and Policy from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Washington State.