The Illinois Wind Working Group (IWWG) will host the fourth annual Advancing Wind Power in Illinois Conference, July 15-16, 2010, at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria.
The two-day conference will cover aspects of wind energy including large wind farms, community wind and small wind. Sessions will include wind assessment methods, economic development, sizing and zoning, net metering, wind farm construction as well as wind for schools, how manufacturers can join the supply chain, wildlife and environmental issues, residential property value guarantees and wind turbines, the Indiana bat, state grant programs and jobs in the wind energy industry.
“By the time of the conference, we will have 1,847 megawatts of wind energy in Illinois and interest in this industry keeps growing around the state,” said David Loomis, director of the Center for Renewable Energy. “To address this need for current information on the industry, the conference brings to Illinois nationally recognized experts and local policymakers to discuss wind energy.”
Plenary speakers include Michele DesAutels of the U.S. Department of Energy and Larry Flowers of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Within eight breakout seminars, 13 panel sessions, and plenary sessions, 50 additional speakers will share their expertise in a variety of important areas of wind energy.
Platinum level conference sponsors include the Horizon Wind Energy and TradeWind Energy. Silver level sponsors include Iberdrola Renewables, Illinois Farm Bureau and James McHugh Construction.
The conference is open to the public and will be a special interest to landowners interested in wind turbines or leasing their land, county board members, zoning board administrators, wind development companies, elected officials, policy makers, environmental groups, economic development officials, contractors, manufacturers and schools and universities interested in wind energy.
The cost to attend the full two-day conference is $90 per person for early registration through June 23. The rate will change to $125 as of June 24. An optional wind farm tour and dinner is also offered for an additional $30, with a choice to visit Horizon Wind Energy’s Rail Splitter Wind Farm, or the small wind turbine at Illinois State University’s Horticultural Center. For a full conference agenda and online registration, please visit www.RenewableEnergy.ilstu.edu and click on this workshop in the list of upcoming events. For questions, please call 309-438-7919.
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