Augusta, Maine - This conference is an excellent opportunity for all energy professionals, businesses, homeowners, local communities, municipalities, legislators, utility personnel, and others to come together to learn and discuss the next steps for growing wind energy in Maine.
The format covers two days. Monday a.m., January 24th will cover the "state of the state" as it relates to wind power projects - from small to large, on-shore to off-shore, private to community owned. After an exciting keynote speaker, we will then head to dessert in the Exhibitors Hall to give everyone plenty of time to network and to see and explore the displays. After that, everyone will breakout into multiple themed sessions so you can delve deeper into a theme or topic of your choice. We'll close with a policy panel, and then end with a reception in the Exhibitors Hall.
New this year: Monday evening, the Exhibitors Hall will be open to the public, so that folks who aren't able to make it to one or both of the conference days, can still come through the Exhibit area to see the exhibits, ask questions, and explore wind energy further.
On Tuesday, January 25th, we'll come back together for another full day, and roll up our sleeves to dig into the process of developing your own wind projects. Targeted for municipalities, school facility staffers, energy committees, and teachers, businesses, campuses, and farmers and landowners, this is a one-stop-shop to learn the development process. Focus will be on projects of less than 1 megawatt, and will feature two tracks: one for projects up to 100 kw (known as "small wind projects"), and the other for projects 100 kw to 1 megawatt (known as "medium wind projects"). Particular attention will be in learning about how to size, site, design, and finance and fund these projects.