Conference Looks at Feasibility of Owning Wind Generators

Kapil Arora, Field Specialist-Ag Engineering; Leroy Jensen, Wright County Extension Education Director; and Dave Andrews, Story County Extension Education Director; Central Area

Problem Statement:

Wind energy development in Story and Wright County is generating electricity and an interest in wind energy.  Iowans rural and urban landowners, livestock producers, agri-business professionals, utility company employees, media representatives, city, county, and school officials, school students, and contractors want facts about wind as a source of energy and about wind turbines as an investment.

Programmatic Response:

Two Central Iowa Wind Energy Conferences, coordinated by Kapil Arora, ISU Extension Field Agricultural Engineer, and Dave Andrews and Leroy Jensen, County Extension Education Directors, brought state authorities on wind energy to Nevada and Eagle Grove to packed conference rooms.  Conference speakers included staff from the Iowa Energy Center, Iowa State University Extension, local and regional utility representatives, USDA, Iowa DNR, Clarion-Goldfield School and Nevada School.  Participants interacted through discussion with a panel made up of wind turbine early adopters and utility company representatives.

Impact/Outcome:

Over 260 participants attended the Central Iowa Wind Energy Conferences and a total of 118 evaluations were received.  Eighty eight percent of the participants ranked the conference as good or excellent, with 97% agreeing to recommend the conference to a colleague.  Ninety-four percent found the conference speakers to be knowledgeable in explaining wind energy principals and regulations.  Ninety-one percent agreed that the speakers used effective presentation skills.  Eighty-six percent agreed that information obtained through the conference will be applicable in their decision-making on how to use wind as a renewable energy resource either at home or work.  Ninety percent of participants completing evaluations agreed that the conference addressed the issues as advertised, provided useful materials for future reference, and responded to issues effectively.

Attendees said the conference gave them what they came for information to help them make good investment decisions, better understand applications of wind energy in their personal operations, and understand local opportunities in the wind energy industry.  In words of a participant at the Nevada location: These programs are very important for us to stay abreast of the energy supplies of today and the future.

2008
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