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Community Wind across America Rocky Mountain Region conference report

Community Wind across America

Windustry presented the Community Wind across America Rocky Mountain Region conference on October 26 and 27 in Denver, Colorado.

In the kick off to the regional conferences Windustry is presenting with support form the United States Department of Energy, people from the Colorado Eastern Plains, Wyoming, Kansas, Utah and New Mexico heard keynotes from national leaders, success stories from rural America, and a broad range of information on the distributed wind industry. The crowd numbered around 225.

DOE Workshop: Deployment Barriers to Distributed Wind Technology

U.S. Department of Energy

Attendees of the Community Wind Across America conference for the Rocky Mountain region in Denver, along with others, are invited to join the U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday October 28, 2010 to brainstorm and develop concepts for federal legislative involvement in the distributed wind landscape that you believe would accelerate distributed wind deployment.

When: Thursday October 28th, 2010, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., following the Windustry Community Wind Across America conference

Where: Renaissance Denver Hotel, Denver, CO, USA

The ‘Deployment Barriers to Distributed Wind Energy' workshop is open to the public. Registration is free but required to attend. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

The US DoE's Wind Power Program would like to develop a list of immediate high impact, top down solutions (federal policy, legislation, and actions) to streamline distributed wind (small and midsize) turbine deployment for policymakers and DoE upper management to consider. Specifically the Program is interested in the following deployment barriers: zoning, permitting, installation, site assessment, interconnection, net metering, standards, and certification.

Download the Workshop Agenda



USDA Under Secretary Dallas Tonsager to deliver keynote at Community Wind across America Rocky Mountain Conference

Under Secretary Dallas Tonsager
USDA Under Secretary
Dallas Tonsager

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager will deliver the keynote address at the Community Wind across America conference in the Rocky Mountain Region on the opening morning of October 26, 2010. Tonsager has more than 35 years of dedicated work as a farmer, businessman, and community, state and national leader. He has been a vocal advocate for USDA Rural Development's continued investment in renewable-energy options, which he sees as "absolutely critical" to our future and the "greatest opportunity for economic growth in rural America today."

Other conference highlights include Colorado's Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., as keynote speaker on Wednesday October 27; along with speakers John Stulp, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture; Bill Midcap, Director of Renewable Energy Development, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union; Larry Flowers, Principal Project Leader, National Wind Technology Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and Dan Juhl, Chairman and CEO, Juhl Wind Inc.

Windustry is pleased and excited to have these visionary leaders for renewable energy join us along with many more leaders in Community and Small Wind. Community Wind across America offers a robust program that will make it easy to get involved with community wind networks and get good solid wind energy information.

Attendees include rural landowners, community leaders, elected officials, clean energy advocates, state and federal agencies, zoning and permitting officials, wind developers, educators and academics and economic development professionals. Focus will be on public policy and project development specifics for Community and Small Wind, with an overall goal to grow this market nationally.

2010 Conferences

Rocky Mountain Region, October 26-27, 2010, Renaissance Denver Hotel, Denver, CO.
Midwest Region, November 15-16 2010, Crowne Plaza Hotel, St. Paul, MN
Mid Atlantic Region November 30 – December 1, 2010, Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA

REGISTER online or phone Catherine O' Neill at 612-870-3477.

Community Wind across America conferences are presented by Windustry, a national leader in helping communities develop and own wind energy. With support from U.S. Department of Energy funding and national sponsor, Nordic WindPower.

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

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter to speak at Community Wind across America Rocky Mountain Conference

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr.
Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr.

Windustry is pleased to announce that special guests Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. and Commissioner of Agriculture John Stulp will speak at the Community Wind across America Rocky Mountain Region event, October 26–27, Denver, Colorado.

Community Wind across Americaregional conferences on Community and Small Wind Energy will bring together state and local economic development and policy makers with members of the agriculture and wind energy industries to build economic opportunities and strengthen energy independence.

The two-track program covers the full range of what's needed to advance opportunities for locally-owned wind energy production from practical “how to” information, to new business models, options for financing, permitting, and local, state and national policies. Sessions are designed as panelist presentations with ample time for Q & A.

On day two of the Rocky Mountain Region conference Governor Ritter will to speak attendees during the morning break. The architect of Colorado’s New Energy Economy, Governor Ritter is a strong and vocal advocate of making wind, solar and biofuels, as well as efficiency measures, more affordable to homeowners and small businesses. John Stulp will help kick off the event by presenting an overview of the successful Lamar Community Wind Project in Colorado, during the morning plenary session.

The conferences are for anyone interested in wind energy: rural landowners, farmers, ranchers, municipal utilities, elected officials, town planners, tribal representatives, economic development professionals, business leaders, investors, bankers, and community leaders

2010 Conferences

Rocky Mountain Region, October 26-27, 2010, Renaissance Denver Hotel, Denver, CO.
Midwest Region, November 15-16 2010, Crowne Plaza Hotel, St. Paul, MN
Mid Atlantic Region November 30 – December 1, 2010, Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA

REGISTER online or phone Catherine O' Neill at 612-870-3477.

Community Wind across America conferences are presented by Windustry, a national leader in helping communities develop and own wind energy. With support from U.S. Department of Energy funding and national sponsor, Nordic WindPower

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