Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse
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Boot Camp

Wind Executive Boot Camp

Come to the heart of the USA wind energy industry for an intensive 3-day immersion in the real world of field operations and development for onshore wind energy.  West Texas is home to more than 9,000 MW of operating wind energy and $7 Billion of transmission expansion activity.  Dozens of businesses and thousands of jobs are daily devoted to wind energy from manufacturing to operations to development to support services.  Understand how your business objectives and community goals relate to the realities of intensive wind energy operations. 

Wind Executive Boot Camp is designed for new investors, developers, community & regional leaders, lawyers & other business advisers, entrepreneurs, and established businesses evaluating entry into the wind energy industry in the USA, Canada, Mexico, and elsewhere.  The enrollment is kept deliberately low -- only 5 or 6 participants in any session to maximize your intensive immersion experience and to equip you to be much more effective in your future wind energy business endeavors.

Each day's sessions will be a combination of lectures from wind energy professionals, field visits to wind energy installations, and interaction networking with wind energy professionals.

We can set up tailored Boot Camps for companies, investor groups, and others on a mutually convenient schedule, or you can sign up for a pre-scheduled open-enrollment Boot Camp:

Upcoming open-enrollment Boot Camps:
Limited to 6 people per session -- first 6 registered & paid
Click here for Registration Form

Autumn 2012 -- October 16-17-18
Winter 2013 -- February 26-27-28
Spring 2013 -- April 16-17-18
Summer 2013 -- July 16-17-18

Tuition = $2,500 per person

Credit card payments accepted at www.TexasWindClearinghouse.org 

Tuition covers:

·         All course sessions & materials

·         Lodging in Sweetwater up to 4 nights

·         All meals in Sweetwater for duration of event

·         Airport transfers to/from Abilene (ABI), Midland-Odessa (MAF), and Sweetwater Avenger Field (private jets & general aviation)

·         Transportation within Sweetwater and to all Boot Camp destinations

·         Texas Renewable Energy Assessment study

·         Wind Energy textbooks


Boot Camp outcomes:

·         Participants will gain substantial professional knowledge of the following:

o   Wind project evaluation

o   Wind project development

o   Wind project economics

o   Wind project construction

o   Wind project operations

o   Regional economic development

o   Turbine differentiation

o   Transmission grid regulation (USA and Texas)

o   Transmission grid status

o   Transmission grid expansion

o   Manufacturing supply chain

o   International investment

o   USA federal incentives

o   Interaction of wind energy with oil, natural gas, ranching, farming, and community continuity

Typical Boot Camp Schedule

Monday, October 15, 2012

6:00-8:00 pm      Networking reception & dinner for early arrivals

        West Wind Patio – The Wind Center – 117 East 3rd Street – Sweetwater, TX

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

12 noonArrival & orientation luncheon – 117 East 3rd Street

1:00-3:00 pm      Seminar topics:

·         Wind Energy 101

·         US Transmission Status & Expansion

·         Texas grid expansion

·         Manufacturing supply chain

3:00-6:00 pm      Wind region driving tour 1 – Global positioning

·         Project differentiation

·         Turbine differentiation

·         Service & monitoring operations

·         Agricultural operations

·         Regional economic impacts

6:00-8:00 pm      Ranch BarBQ Fiesta & Networking Reception

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

9:00-11:00 am    Seminar topics:

·         Evaluation considerations

·         Development matrix

·         Operations planning

Guest lectures

11:00 am-5:00pm            Wind region driving tour 2:  Vertical & horizontal boundaries

·         Lunch – Snyder

·         Fluvanna – Boundary of US & Texas grid regions (discussion of FERC vs. Texas grid regulatory structure)

·         Snyder – Tallest project in the Americas – 3 MW, 105m

 ·         World’s largest project – Roscoe

·         Project Next – Visit site of wind energy construction

o   Guest lectures 

5:00-7:00 pm      Regional wind energy networking reception – West Texas wind leaders @ West Wind Patio – The Wind Center – 117 East 3rd Street – Sweetwater, TX

Thursday, October 18, 2012

9:00 am-2:00 pm               Seminar topics:

·         Wind energy economics

·         Wind resource evaluation

·         Federal investment incentives

·         Wind industry outlook

Guest lectures

Adjourn by 2:00 pm

Last ABI flight departure @ 4:40 pm (DFW)

Last MAF flight departures:

·         DFW – 6:10 pm (American Eagle)

·         Dallas Love – 7:20 pm (Southwest)

·         Houston Intercontinental – 6:40 pm (Continental Express)

·         Houston Hobby – 6:10 pm (Southwest)

Also nonstop jet service to Denver via United Express

Times and speakers subject to change based on operational contingencies in the wind region; equivalent substitutes will be provided.



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