Wind Energy - How to Power the Future

27.02.2018 | 09:00
- 16:00
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. Whilst Lower Saxony is planning to expand its offshore wind capacity from around 2,000 MW to 15,000 MW by 2030, 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 for Ministry for Economics, Labour and Transport of Lower Saxony in the USA
  • Daniel Melcher, Business Development Manager, ELA Container Offshore GmbH
  • Esther Frey, Director of Energy, Environment and Resources, 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
  • Joan P. Mileski, Professor of Maritime Administration and Marine Science, 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

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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

Accommodation: A room block will be available at a hotel nearby. More information will follow shortly.


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.