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Windpower Conference & Exhibition



Poster Reception


7 May 2014, 4:30 p.m.


Registration is now open for the 9th Annual GAFM Technical Conference
March 24-27, 2014
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown

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Mandalay Bay Convention Center

Suzanne Leta Liou
Danielle Osborn Mills


GridTracker: A New Power and Transmission Analysis Application for the Western Interconnection
Suzanne Leta Liou, Senior Division Manager, Power and Transmission
  • Discover the functions and uses of Grid Tracker, a publicly available web-based tool that helps users explore the possibilities of using available transmission capacity in the Western Interconnection power grid system.
Increasing the Role of Wind in California’s Energy Future
Danielle Osborn Mills, Project Manager, Environmental Planning
  • Find out how California’s 33% Renewables Portfolio Standard and the need to replace a number of coastal nuclear and natural gas power plants–combined with ambitious climate and energy goals–leads to favorable conditions for development of wind projects.
  • Discuss solutions to potential challenges associated with higher wind penetration in California.

Lecturers biography
 Suzanne Leta Liou
Suzanne Leta Liou
Leta Liou leads Atkins’ power and transmission business nationwide, with a focus on developing new, innovative services and tools. She has extensive experience managing climate change, renewable energy, and transmission policy and planning initiatives, as well as complex utility-scale project development and due diligence. Suzanne joined Atkins after serving as development manager at RES Americas, one of the nation’s leading renewable energy development and construction companies. Prior to that she spent 7 years with non-profit organizations, most recently as the senior policy advocate for Renewable Northwest Project, the leading renewable energy advocacy organization in the northwest.

Danielle Mills    Danielle Osborn Mills
Mills has a decade of experience in California environmental policy and energy siting processes. At Atkins, she works with renewable energy developers, local governments, advocacy groups, and regional transmission planning organizations to advance clean energy development throughout the West. Formerly, Danielle served as policy director for the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT), where she became closely familiar with the needs of wind and other renewable energy developers and helped implement some of the state’s most critical energy policies such as the 33% Renewables Portfolio Standard. During her time at CEERT, she convened and facilitated the organization’s “wind caucus” and led outreach efforts to key decision-makers in the state to communicate the economic and environmental benefits of wind power. Danielle earned her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington, with a focus on climate and energy policy. Prior to graduate school, she was an associate with Kearns & West, where she coordinated diverse stakeholder groups through challenging environmental negotiations.