A Second wind turbine began operating at the University of Minnesota, Morris, in March, 2011 - just south of the first public university large-scale wind research turbine in the nation, installed in 2005.
- Photo: Courtesy of Courtney Driessen '12, Blooming Prairie, Minn.
On Wednesday, February 23, 2011, Windustry Executive Director Lisa Daniels and Program Analyst Dan Turner met with U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn) and other notable Minnesotans including entrepreneurs, business executives, economists, and tax experts, in a roundtable panel discussion at the University of Minnesota Morris, to discuss how best to improve the federal policy environment for local renewable energy development.
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."Added some detail, tagged as Conference News -DHS-
(January, 2011) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has released a 34-page report to the public: "Community Wind: Once Again Pushing the Envelope of Project Finance," by Dr. Mark Bolinger. The report describes innovative financing and organizational structures for five community wind projects constructed in 2010.
Windustry is pleased to announce the program for Community Wind across America regional conference in State College, PA, February 8-9, 2011.
In a program designed to address the most current issues and best practices in distributed wind energy development, regional and national speakers take up the subjects of growing the market, local involvement and investment, public policy and national energy independence. Breakout sessions delve into the specifics of what's needed to advance and build Community and Small Wind energy projects in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Wind & Water Program Manager, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Jacques Beaudry-Losique was appointed in April 2010 as the Program Manager for the Wind & Water for the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Jacques held multiple senior positions at EERE since 2005, including two years as Deputy-Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy and three years leading major clean energy programs. Prior to DOE, Jacques has held senior executive positions for major U.S. corporations and also has many years of experience as a management consultant with McKinsey and Company. In his keynote address at the conference, Mr. Beaudry-Losique will draw from the Program’s recent studies on Deployment Barriers to Distributed Wind Energy.
(Minneapolis MN) The Appalachian Regional Commission is sponsoring Scholarships for the Community Wind Across America Mid Atlantic Conference in State College, Pennsylvania, February 8-9, 2011.
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a federal-state partnership that works for sustainable, community and economic development in Appalachia. These scholarships are intended to encourage a broad participation from the Appalachian region. Each application will be reviewed by the conference organizing committee and successful applicants will be contacted directly.
January 19, 2011
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20003
Dear President Barack Obama & President Hu Jintao:
It is time to publicly acknowledge that the continued burning of fossil fuels threatens the survival of civilization. The science is incontrovertible on this fact, yet the response from government is business as usual. Our two nations dominate world carbon emissions.
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.
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.
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.