FAIRFIELD, Iowa -- Farmers, landowners, businesses, schools and homeowners interested in learning more about wind power are invited to take part in the 2009 Wind Energy Conference coordinated by Iowa State University on Friday, March 20 at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center in Fairfield. The day will include various exhibits, breakout sessions and panelists discussing the wind resources available in Iowa, the opportunities and threats related to the industry, and perspectives from current turbine owners and operators.
In the day’s opening session, Bill Haman with the Iowa Energy Center will present “Wind Energy – What We Have to Work With.” Haman is a registered professional engineer in the states of Iowa and Wisconsin with 30 years of experience. In his current position with the Iowa Energy Center, he manages the industrial programs and the alternate energy revolving loan program. He will delve into such topics as: wind resources in Iowa, conversion to electricity, connection to the grid, turbine costs, electrical output and examples of turbine installations for home or business.
The morning will conclude with a panel discussion by representatives of Alliant Energy, Iowa Area Development Group and Access Energy. The panel will be moderated by Darrell Hanson, member of the Iowa Utilities Board. Hanson is a National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners member and serves on its Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment. He also serves on the Advisory Council of the Iowa Energy Center.
Afternoon sessions will be broken into two tracks, one focusing on wind farms and the other on wind turbines for individuals, businesses or schools. Presenters include Roger McEowen, director of the ISU Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation and Teresa Bomhoff, rural energy coordinator for USDA Rural Development. Each track also will feature a panel discussion with panelists representing a variety of backgrounds and perspectives.
Sponsors of the 2009 Wind Energy Conference include Iowa State University Extension, Iowa Energy Center, Henry County Farm Bureau, Jefferson County Farm Bureau, Pathfinders RC&D and Alliant Energy.
Those wishing to participate should contact the Jefferson County Extension Office at (641) 472-4166. The cost is $20 per person and will be limited to the first 200 registrants. For registration materials, please visit www.extension.iastate.edu/jefferson or call (641) 472-4166.
Willy Klein, Extension Communications and External Relations Specialist, (515) 294-0662, email@example.com