• In the News: Report on Windustry Conference in State College

    Reporter Kristine Allen, with NPR affiliate WPSU, produced an in-depth feature on the Community Wind across America Mid Atlantic conference, held in State College, PA, February 8 and 9, 2011. Allen says, "At this conference they're not talking about the huge wind farms you've seen on TV commercials, here the focus is on smaller scale projects that can be done by local communities or even by individual homeowners."

    The focus is on smaller scale projects that can be done by local communities or even by individual homeowners.The story includes interview comments with Lisa Daniels, Executive Director, Windustry; Jacques Beaudry-Losique, Director, Wind and Water Power Program, U.S. Department of Energy; Susan Stewart, Director, Penn State Wind Application Center, Pennsylvania State University; Jim Brasseur, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, and Mathematics; and John Franek, Zoning Officer, College Township, PA.

    Listen to "Community Wind Conference hosted by Penn State"

  • Community Wind across America Regional Conferences Continue in 2011

    Community Wind and Small Wind Energy conferences provide necessary tools for locally-owned projects.

    Windustry continues the Community Wind across America conferences series with an event for the Mid Atlantic Region, February 8-9, 2011. It follows 2010 events in the Rocky Mountain and Midwest regions.

    Jacques Beaudry-Losique
    Jacques Beaudry-Losique
    Wind and Water Program
    Manager, U.S. DOE

    The conferences cover Community Wind and Small Wind in a two-track program, providing the full range of what's needed to advance opportunities for locally-owned wind energy production. The Mid Atlantic program includes a keynote address from Jacques Beaudry-Losique, Wind and Water Program Manager at the U.S. Department of Energy, former CIA Director James Woolsey, a renewable energy and energy security advocate.

    The conferences are for anyone interested in. benefiting from wind energy production: Rural landowners, local investors, and community leaders, farmers, municipal utilities, elected officials, town planners, tribal representatives, economic development professionals, business leaders, educators, investors, and bankers. Attendees will:

    • Gain breadth of knowledge on distributed energy.
    • Learn about economic development from local involvement in wind power.
    • Hear about landowner options for wind energy and new business models.
    • Develop an essential network of industry experts.

    Said Lisa Daniels, Windustry Executive Director:
    "Our Community Wind across America conferences are for people interested in commercial and residential development. The key goal is to help keep the economic benefits as local as possible while, as a nation, we change our energy sources. We need a diverse set of solutions for a robust economy and diverse society and we want everyone interested to join the conversation."

    Two Days - Two Tracks
    Practical information is provided along two tracks: how to put together a Community Wind project and topics on Small Wind such as how to choose a turbine, installation, and rebates and grants.
    Community Wind Track
    sessions cover: Financing, policy, emerging business models, and incentives for community-own wind; case studies on innovative utilities and public power, project development; landowner options; how the characteristics of mid-sized turbines with a capacity rating of 100-1000kW meet the needs of Community Wind projects, and best practices on successfully introducing a wind project to a community. Small Wind Track sessions will address how to get started, present examples, give an overview of the wide variety of new machines available and talk about the importance of Small Wind Certification.

    A film screening of Wind Uprising is also planned. The documentary follows the turbulent path and final success of a Utah wind farm developer and engineer.  

    Response from conferences in Rocky Mountain and midwest regions:

    "Speaking one on one with attendees and presenters was very valuable. I was able to get personal responses to specific question."

    "The speakers were top notch; they went into the detail I was hoping to hear, and it was a perfect environment to get answers and make good connections. Well done!"

    "Overall excellent event, great overview and I made some important contacts. The Wind Uprising film was good."

    "The sessions that showed practical experience and alternative financing structures very strong."

    Support for Community Wind across America comes from U.S. Department of Energy funding and national partnering Nordic WindPower. REGISTRATION is available at www.windustry.org or by phoning Catherine O' Neill at 612-870-3477.

  • Wesley Clark tells conference goers Community Wind is the "sweet spot"

    General Wesley Clark deleivering keynote address at Community Wind across America Midwest conference, 2010
    General Wesley Clark at
    Community Wind across America

    A four star general, a former CIA director, and a U.S. senator each brought messages for a national energy policy to the regional Community Wind across America Midwest conference, held in St. Paul, MN, this past fall.

    Link: Slide show of event highlights

    The Midwest event marked the second in a series of Community and Small Wind conferences presented by Windusty, with support of the U.S. Department of Energy. Wesley Clark delivered a keynote address during the two-day event, which focused on wind energy development with the highest benefit for residents of the region. The retired general called for a stop to America’s massive spending on foreign fuel. “We can’t import oil at the expense of the American economy. The money has to stay here. It is the difference between 4% growth and creating jobs and 2% growth and losing jobs,” said Clark. He went on the say that Community Wind is the “sweet spot” for creating new energy sources, as that power can plug into the current transmission grid.

    National security and distributed energy framed an address from former CIA director James Woolsey, delivered by video. The longtime proponent of alternative energy said our best security strategy is “to move away from oil,” which currently funds enemy states, and lays Americans vulnerable to possible terrorist strikes and disruptions in supply. He argued for America to develop all forms of renewable energy, and supportive legislation to encourage investment and advancement of it.

    U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) stated that it is incumbent upon legislators to establish a Federal Renewable Energy Standard, and add further incentives that would bolster Community Wind development. Franken was in session at the time and his letter was read by a representative from his office.

    At the regional level, 300 attendees from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South and North Dakota learned the needed details for how to develop wind energy with the highest benefit for area residents. Among them were Community Wind industry leaders, developers, turbine manufacturers, utility representatives, and government officials provided details around permitting, overcoming transmission grid limitations, and turbine selection.

    Said an attendee. "Speaking one on one with attendees and presenters was very valuable. I was able to get personal responses to specific question."

    The conference was also supported by national sponsoring partner Nordic Wind Power.

  • Drexel University Commits to 100 Percent Clean, Renewable Wind Energy

    (PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 7) Drexel University announced it will purchase Renewable Energy Certificates equal to 100 percent of its energy use, ensuring that 84,268 megawatt hours of electricity will be matched annually with wind energy entering the electricity grid.

    This purchase will place Drexel among the top five university purchasers in the nation, according to the current Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership rankings.

    The Renewable Energy Credits will be supplied by renewable energy marketer and developer Community Energy.

    Compared to the average generation mix in the national electric grid, the environmental benefit from this purchase is equal to offsetting approximately 60,518 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, the annual impact of which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 12,904 acres of trees or removing 11,571 passenger vehicles from the road, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator.

    Drexel was recently honored by PennFuture, a leading Pennsylvania environmental advocacy organization, with a Green Power Award for leadership in energy efficiency, including deploying an energy monitoring system at the main campus.www.drexel.edu

  • E3 2010

    USDA Windustry is pleased to support E3 2010, a conference presented by The University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment.

    Focus will be on research and innovative technologies in the renewable energy sector.

    E3 2010: November 30 & December 1, 2010
    Saint Paul RiverCentre
    Registration now open!

    Researchers, students, government officials, and nonprofit and business leaders from Minnesota and across the nation are expected to attend E3 2010. The goal of E3 is to share knowledge and discoveries in the areas of renewable energy and the environment while bringing together the world’s leading researchers and experts.

  • Engaging film about bringing a wind farm to life to be screened during conferences

    The story of Utah's first wind farm makes for a fascinating film documentary. It will be screened as part of the Community Wind Across America conferences in the Rocky Mountain region.

    Wind Uprising

    “Wind Uprising” is a documentary film that chronicles the trail-blazing journey of two Utah natives to develop their state’s first wind project. Winner of the Seven Summits Award at the Mountain Film Festival (February 2010), the film tells the inspiring story of a wind entrepreneur and an engineer, detailing the roadblocks and solutions to the common market, policy, and community issues that arise in developing energy development. It provides important ideas for policymakers, regulators, and residents about how they encourage wind power development in their communities.

     “Wind Uprising” was created by professors Cathy Hartman and Edwin Stafford, of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, and Michelle Nunez of GreenTech Films.

     Hartman and Stafford are part of the Center for the Market Diffusion of Renewable Energy and Clean Technology and have engaged with local grassroots and entrepreneurial efforts to jumpstart wind development in Utah. They recognized the historic significance in this story in that it illustrates how success of clean energy hinges on not only establishing markets for utilities, but also building social movements in communities.

    www.winduprisingmovie.com

  • U.S. DOE 2010 webinar series: Community Wind Across America Webinar - Sept. 15, 2010

    U.S. Department of Energy Denver CO - As part of its 2010 webinar series, U.S. DOE’s Wind Powering America program is presenting Community Wind Across America. Windustry Executive Director Lisa Daniels will join other presenters in a discussion of the benefits of strategic partnerships.

    Sept. 15, 2010, 10 a.m. to noon, MDT.

    This webinar explores how consumer-owned utilities and the communities they serve can benefit from partnering with other utilities to gain economies of scale for wind projects.

    Community wind projects bring together state and local economic development and policy makers with utilities and members of the agriculture and wind energy industries to advance opportunities for locally-owned clean energy production.

    Consumers benefit from increased diversity and grid reliability, while utilities reduce the need for new transmission lines.

    Some of the topics the agenda will cover include:

    • Local, regional and national policies
    • Business models
    • Financing Incentives
    • Equipment procurement
    • Construction Power purchase agreements
    • Operation and maintenance

    Presentations and case studies will cover practical information on how to partner in putting together a community wind project.

    The information focuses on such issues as how to choose a turbine, installation and rebates and grants.

    The webinar will also serve as a preview for the regional Community and Small Wind Energy Conference series Windustry is sponsoring this fall. Those live events will take place in

    • Denver, Colo., Oct. 26 to 27
    • St. Paul, Minn., Nov. 15 to 16
    • College Station, Penn., Nov. 30 to Dec. 1.

    The main audience for the webinar is utility staff involved in developing and implementing renewable energy resource portfolios. Other stakeholders and interested parties who can benefit from the information include farmers, ranchers, rural landowners, economic development professionals, elected officials, business leaders, tribal representatives, investors, bankers, town planners and community leaders.

    Although the webinar is free, you must register to participate. To register, e-mail your name, affiliation, address, phone and e-mail address to Guy Nelson.

    You will recevie the webinar’s internet and phone access numbers by noon Sept. 13. By registering, you agree to allow your contact information to be shared with the supporters of the webinar.

    Community Wind Across America Webinar is supported by Western, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Windustry, and Wind Powering America.

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