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Conference Will Address Growing Interest in Wind Energy


SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- A growing interest in alternative energy sources, sparked by soaring oil prices and the development of large wind farms in northwest Iowa, is the focus of a conference on wind energy planned in Sioux City.

To address this important topic, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension in Woodbury County, along with other partner organizations, is presenting a Wind Energy Conference on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Sioux City Convention Center, 801 4th Street, Sioux City from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. 

“Iowa has become a leader in the nation in the development of alternative energy sources, including the exciting field of wind energy,” said Sherry McGill, ISU Extension education director in Woodbury County. “This conference will explore what is happening now in wind energy.”

The Wind Energy Conference will help business and industry leaders, individuals, farmers, schools and rural home owners better understand wind energy today and explore the potential for the future. The conference also will provide additional information about alternative sources of electricity.

A conference highlight will be a presentation on the projected impact of the new "Iowa Power Fund” by the newly appointed director, Roya Stanley. She will provide the keynote address during the luncheon.

In addition, representatives from up and running projects in northwest Iowa will share their success stories on starting their own wind projects in their communities. Bill Sutton from Hardin Hilltop Wind in Jefferson and Phil Sunblad of Crosswind Energy in Palo Alto County will discuss what it takes to form a wind energy project in Iowa.

An overview of wind energy in Iowa will be given by Bill Haman from the Iowa Energy Center. Other topics to be covered include financing options for wind turbines, education and training needed to work on wind turbines. In addition, utility companies will share their perspectives on wind energy.

Planning partners of the Wind Energy Conference are the city of Sioux City, ISU Extension, MidAmerican Energy, Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO), and USDA Rural Development.

Sponsors include city of Sioux City, Iowa Energy Center, ISU Extension-Woodbury County, Plymouth County Economic Development, Touchstone Energy Cooperatives of Western Iowa, and Woodbury County Rural Economic Development.

Registration includes morning refreshments and lunch. The registration fee is $35 if paid by Wednesday, Oct. 31, and $45 after that date.  Conference brochures, registration forms and additional conference information are available on the ISU Extension Woodbury County web site at: www.extension.iastate.edu/woodbury. Questions can be directed to Sherry McGill at the ISU Extension Woodbury County Office at (712) 276-2157, mcgills@iastate.edu.


Contacts :

Sherry McGill, Woodbury County Extension, (712) 276-2157, mcgills@iastate.edu

Del Marks, Communications and Marketing, (515) 294-9807, delmarks@iastate.edu