Extension News

Learn About the Power of Wind

11/5/2007

AMES, Iowa -- The Central Iowa Wind Energy Conference will be held in Nevada on Nov. 30 and Eagle Grove on Dec. 7. The same program will be offered at each location. The conference will be offered from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and includes an optional tour of a wind turbine installation.

The conference is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Energy Center.

This conference will give those attending a chance to evaluate wind energy and explore the potential use of this power source for the future. Kapil Arora, ISU Extension agriculture engineer, says this conference will be of interest to farmers, government officials along with business, industry and rural home owners interested in alternate sources of electricity.

The program will include discussions with early adopters of wind energy in the county and with utility companies serving the area. The conference speakers include Bill Haman from the Iowa Energy Center, John Pearce with the Iowa Utility Board, Kate Sand with USDA Rural Development and Lee Vannoy with the Department of Natural Resources Iowa Energy Bank. Topics to be discussed include wind energy basics, grants and zero interest loans to purchase wind generators, current pricing structure for connection to the power grid, and wind energy contracts. 

Registration fee, including lunch, is $15 for registering at least one day in advance of the conference date. Registrations on the date of the conference will be $25.  Registrations for the Nevada location will be taken by Story County Extension, 220 H Avenue, Nevada, Iowa 50201,  (515) 382-6551. Registrations for the Eagle Grove location will be taken by Wright County Extension, 210 1st Street SW, Clarion, Iowa, 50525, (515) 532-3453.

The registration brochure is available online at www.extension.iastate.edu/Bioeconomy/News/CenIowaWindConf.htm

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Contacts :

Kapil Arora, Field Specialist, (515) 382-6551, pbtiger@iastate.edu

Jean McGuire, Extension Communications and Marketing, (515) 294-7033, jmcguire@iastate.edu