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Twin Wind Energy Conferences Examine Trends, Policy Changes


AMES, Iowa – Iowans interested in wind energy may participate in a pair of conferences in April that will provide updates on trends in wind energy technology, workforce development and policy changes that affect the entire wind industry.

The Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development (IAWIND) Conference and the 2010 Iowa Wind Energy Association’s (IWEA) Annual Meeting and Conference will be held April 6 and 7 at the Scheman Conference Center on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.

The April 6 IAWIND Conference will feature national and international speakers from industry, academia and the public sector to highlight the latest trends in technical, research and development, manufacturing and workforce issues facing the wind industry.
The April 7 IWEA conference, “Harnessing the Power of the Plains,” will explore the impact on wind energy from the federal level to the individual business. Industry leaders will address legislative, regulatory and legal issues, as well as transmission, safety and wind development in Iowa.

The twin conferences are hosting a broad array of speakers and authorities on research and development, and cover topics relating to commercial wind applications of all sizes and description.

“One of the biggest issues for manufacturers in the wind industry is to keep up with the changing technology,” said Ron Cox, assistant dean for economic development, Iowa State University College of Engineering and the director of ISU Extension’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS). “Participating in this conference will allow them to anticipate these changes and effectively grow with the industry.”

Cox added, “It also will provide an opportunity for current members of the wind industry, as well as those individuals who want to learn more about the industry, to network and to understand how the next generation of wind energy will affect them.”

More information about the conferences is available online at http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/iawind/home.html. Wind energy related businesses interested in exhibitor space at the conference also may get more information from the conference Web site. Indoor and outdoor exhibitor space is available.
Those who would like to know more about IAWIND may visit http://www.iawind.org/ or contact iawind@uiowa.edu.
Individuals who are interested in learning more about IWEA may visit www.iowawindenergy.org or contact Loma Roggenkamp at info@iowawindenergy.org.

Contacts :
IWEA Conference
Jan Bowles, (712) 336-6015, JanBowles@AlliantEnergy.com
Loma Roggenkamp, (712) 362-7931, info@IowaWindEnergy.org
IAWIND Conference
Mike O’Donnell, CIRAS, (515) 294-1588, modonnll@iasate.edu
Mark Reinig, CIRAS, (515) 294-7883, mreinig@iastate.edu