Wind Energy - How to Power the Future

02/27/2018 | 09:00 AM
- 04:00 PM
Galveston, TX

An Exchange with Wind Energy Experts from Lower Saxony

Texas and Lower Saxony are the leading wind energy states in the US and in Germany respectively. With the Federal Government's plan to increase Germany's offshore wind capacity to 15,000 MW by 2030, Lower Saxony expects further growth in its wind energy sector. In the US projects along the East coast dominate the offshore wind energy sector. However, there is potential in Texas as well, and already in 2005 the Texas Legislature enacted a law requiring Texas to increase the use of renewable energy.


This conference will bring together the German and American wind energy sector, in order to exchange knowledge, ideas and experiences, and to explore business opportunities in offshore wind in Texas and Lower Saxony.

There will be ample time for networking as well as an exhibition space. Contact us for more information.

Questions and topics that will be addressed:

  • Introduction to German «Energiewende» (energy transition) and the role of offshore wind energy
  • Opportunities for investment in Lower Saxony - Why invest in offshore Wind and how to make it work?
  • Why localization is good for the global offshore wind market
  • Future development potential for offshore wind in Texas
  • Job creation in the US – how can German businesses contribute to job creation in US wind energy?
  • Knowledge transfer from Offshore Oil & Gas to Offshore Wind
  • Cutting edge solutions in maintenance and service – manage risk, reliability and service in a cost-efficient manner
  • Legal and financial aspects


  • Consul General, Thomas H. Meister
  • Aryan Zandieh, Representative of Federal State Lower Saxony in the USA
  • Hans Gatzemeier, Managing Director, ELA Container Offshore GmbH
  • Claus Habermeier, Director, Germany Trade & Invest (federal economic development agency)
  • Jason Folsom, Head of Sales, Offshore Americas, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
  • Markus Rieck, Managing Director, Global Commercial Operations, Sales & Tender Offshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy
  • Stephanie McClellan, Director Special Initiative on Offshore Wind, University of Delaware
  • Ryan Swaney, Texas A&M University at Galveston
  • Nils Raab, Sales Manager Offshore Wind, MENCK GmbH
  • Ole Becker, Business Development, Deutsche Windtechnik

Moderator: Jens Eckhoff, President of the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation

Detailed program here

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Location: Texas A&M
200 Seawolf Pkwy
Galveston, TX 77554

Accommodation: Registered and confirmed guests will be able to book a room at a special rate at Hilton Galveston Island Resort. Reservation details will be provided separately after registration.


GACC South members



(until January 1, 2018)



General admission



Last minute
(after February 15, 2018)



Member Registration


Non-Member Registration

Ticket includes conference attendance, refreshments throughout the day and parking.

Disclaimer: For cancellations received until February 12, 2018, 20% of the event fee can be refunded. For cancellations received at any later time, no refund will be provided. Registrations are transferable. Attendance is possible only after payment is received.




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