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This is a guest post from Mit Buchanan, Managing Director, Energy Investments, J.P. Morgan, and is a member of the Advisory Group for this year’s Wind Energy Finance & Investment Conference.

Wind energy continues to grow, providing jobs, community value and a solid investment opportunity. Even after 12 years in the renewable energy sector, I find myself looking forward to this year’s AWEA Wind Energy Finance & Investment Conference with excitement and anticipation, as it gives me the opportunity to engage with some of the major participants in wind project finance. This is a must-attend event for J.P. Morgan: Energy Investments as we continue to grow our tax equity investments in the renewable energy space. This conference sets the tone for the next 12 months.

AWEA will hold its traditional, annual event in New York City, October 1-2, and for the first time, host a separate, one-day program in San Francisco, October 5. The additional event will enable desired participation by those on the west coast unable to attend the conference in New York City.

As part of this year’s finance Advisory Group, I have been able to help guide the theme, objectives and speakers. We are making it a goal to ensure diverse industry perspectives are incorporated into the program content, and I couldn’t be more excited about how it is coming together.

This year’s agenda will cover a wide range of topics including tax equity, the debt market, M&A, offshore wind project development, hedges and corporate offtake agreements. I’m particularly excited about the sessions offering us perspectives from utilities and turbine manufacturers, as well as the CEO and CFO panels. Among other items, we will discuss the state of the wind power industry and its future.

Executives from top tier institutions including Blackrock Renewable Power, Hannon Armstrong, TPI Composites, Invenergy, and Morrison & Forester will lead dynamic discussions on breaking industry trends and forecasts. I find it incredibly beneficial to hear from industry peers on the current market. I always leave with key takeaways on how to position the team for future opportunities, making the time out of the office well spent.

If you haven’t attended the event in the past, I would suggest pacing yourself to take advantage of a full calendar. Take a look at the agenda so you know ahead of time which sessions you don’t want to miss, but also leave time for networking and impromptu meetings.

I hope to see you this fall at the AWEA Wind Energy Finance & Investment Conference East or at the inaugural Wind Energy Finance & Investment Conference West.

The early registration deadline is August 24, so register today!

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Last week marked the second annual #AmericanWindWeek, and celebrations boomed both across the country and on social media. Wind farm and factory tours, groundbreakings, city and state proclamations, Wind Champion Awards, and more highlighted the ways U.S. wind power is creating new opportunities. The map below has a full accounting of just about everything that took place.

Here’s a look at some of #AmericanWindWeek’s best highlights.

Wind Champion awards

The Wind Champion Award, a highlight of American Wind Week, was presented to three members of the 115th Congress who have taken action in support of American wind energy.

I was proud to present @ChuckGrassley with a Wind Champion award in Iowa today, along with @alliantenergy. Sen. Grassley has played a huge role in wind's American success story, growing an industry that creates jobs in all 50 states. #Americanwindweek

— Tom Kiernan (@TomCKiernan) August 6, 2018

We were honored to host @repblumenauer at our Portland, Oregon, headquarters today. As we celebrate #AmericanWindWeek, thank you for your leadership as a wind champion. @AWEA

— Avangrid Renewables (@AvangridRen) August 7, 2018

Honored to receive @AWEA’s Wind Champion Award today at the @GeronimoEnergy Courtenay #windfarm during #AmericanWindWeek. I’m proud to have worked to successfully extend the wind energy tax credit in 2015 to support wind energy development & jobs across our state.

— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) August 8, 2018

Companies saw this celebratory week as an opportunity to invest back in the communities that invested in them. Here are just a couple of examples. Enel presented a $60,000 check to the Allen-Waterbury Fire District, located near their Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project, to upgrade their emergency response vehicle fleet.

What do Allen-Waterbury Fire District and #EnelGreenPower share in common? Safety is a priority! We presented $60,000 for upgrading the department’s ambulance fleet, located near our 320 MW Rattlesnake Creek wind project in Dixon County, Nebraska. @EnelGroup #AmericanWindWeek

— Jeff Riles, Jr. (@jeffriles) August 11, 2018

Geronimo Energy hosted a community event to celebrate the 20-year commitment of annual $40,000 donations by presenting the first gifts to the Courtenay Community Fund. As a part of the event, they committed to funding a community center right in the heart of town.

@SenatorHeitkamp at yesterday's @GeronimoEnergy-hosted #AmericanWindWeek event: "Projects like this, commitments like this…never stop
believing that we can turn the tide." #Wind works for rural America! @AWEA @XcelEnergyND Full coverage here:

— Geronimo Energy (@GeronimoEnergy) August 9, 2018

And of course, the conversation boomed on social media. Here are a few more of our favorite posts:

Recognizing American Wind Energy Week along with AWEA⁩ & ⁦@TradewindEnergy⁩ for their work on behalf of the wind industry in KS. I appreciated discussing energy, infrastructure, trade, & hearing from ⁦@TradewindEnergy⁩ employees. #windworks #AmericanWindWeek

— Rep. Kevin Yoder (@RepKevinYoder) August 7, 2018

Happy #AmericanWindWeek! Our Wednesday festivities include a special guest… a 193.5' wind turbine blade for ATS' Legislator Open House!

Posted by Drive4ATS on Wednesday, August 8, 2018

.@ArmyOEI recognizes this week as #AmericanWindWeek!#DidYouKnow the @USArmy’s largest energy project to date is a combined #wind & #solar energy generation project at @FortHood, TX? The project has a capacity of approximately 65 MW. Providing progress toward #energy #resilience.

— Army OEI (@ArmyOEI) August 10, 2018

Today I had the privilege of spending the afternoon at the Cuyahoga County Fair for the American Wind Energy Education Day. @cuyfair @awea @ohiogop @OHRGOPCaucus @OhioHouseGOP #countyfair

— Dave Greenspan (@DaveGreenspan) August 11, 2018

Thank you to everyone who helped #AmericanWindWeek grow exponentially this year! See you during #AmericanWindWeek 2019!

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Offshore Wind Journal

Wind energy pioneer Henrik Stiesdal is to support an initiative to accelerate offshore wind in global markets and new ones such as Asia and the US.

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has created a new Offshore Wind Taskforce to accelerate the development of offshore wind technology in non-European markets such as Asia and North America.

The taskforce will be chaired by Alastair Dutton, who played a key role in creating the UK’s successful offshore wind industry with roles at The Crown Estate and in government at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.