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November 2010
Community Wind across America Midwest

November 15-16, 2010 - Community Wind Conference Looks at Wind Energy Development with the Highest Benefit for the Midwest Region

Community Wind across America Midwest presents a unique opportunity to get highly useful and up-to-date information about the distributed wind industry in an environment designed for networking and getting questions answered - from the complexities in permitting, to how to build a 20-year wind project pro-forma, to what can be done now to get wind projects in the ground.

Special pricing has been set for this Community and Small Wind energy event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Paul, MN. Join us!
  • Talk with community wind developers, turbine manufacturers, utility representatives, and colleagues.
  • Hear about new business models for Community Wind projects and landowner options for wind energy.
  • Meet folks that are forging ahead with new projects and new technology of all sizes and develop an essential network of industry experts.
Special Guest General Wesley Clark joins an all-star roster of wind luminaries

General Clark opens Monday evening's reception (5:30 pm); the four star Army general has called for a Renewable Energy Standard for the country and extending tax credits for renewables, much the way the government encourages oil and gas development.

Program speakers for the two-day event include Community Wind pioneer Dan Juhl and Small Wind guru Mick Sagrillo. Economics professor Arne Kildegaard, will speak to the regional economic impact of wind development with local ownership and Craig Lewis, of the FIT Coalition, will present on the benefits of Feed-In Tariffs.
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Who should attend: Rural landowners, local investors, and community leaders farmers, ranchers, municipal utilities, elected officials, town planners, tribal representatives, economic development professionals, business leaders, investors, bankers, and community leaders.

This event follows the regional event for The Rocky Mountain region by just a few weeks. Held in Denver, CO, it was a huge success for the people who came to network and get solid information on how to get their wind projects in the ground.

Two Days - Two Tracks

Community Wind Track sessions include: Financing and policy for Community Wind; Distributed Generation; Utilities and Public Power; and Mid-sized wind turbines; siting, leasing, incentives, working to get community support, project development, and business models.

Small Wind Track sessions will cover basics such as how to get started and present examples. "The Unrealities of Wind" will provide an overview of the wide variety of new machines available and the importance of Small Wind Certification.

Support for Community Wind across America comes from U.S. Department of Energy funding and national partnering sponsor Nordic WindPower. Online Registration is available or phone 612-870-3477.

Midwest Region, November 15-16 2010, Crowne Plaza Hotel, St. Paul, MN
Mid Atlantic Region February 8-9, Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA (NOTE THE DATE CHANGE)

Scholarships available for the Mid Atlantic Conference
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Help Main Street MinnesotaSmall Wind Turbine
build the Small Wind industry!
We are working with the Region Nine Renewable Energy Task Force to develop small wind installations in Minnesota counties. We will work with the counties, residents and Minnesota's small wind turbine manufacturers to develop an innovative Small Wind Bulk Buy program designed to deploy wind turbines to homes, farms, small businesses and municipal sites.
Support our work with
a donation to Windustry
on November 16 for
Give to the Max Day

Together we will create an economy of scale by organizing local purchasing power and harnessing it to renewable energy!
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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.

November 30 & December 1, 2010
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On the Windustry Trail...

Special  Report: Windustry presented the Community Wind across America Rocky Mountain Region conference, October 26 & 27

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 energy industry. They numbered around 225.

"We're starting small here and close to home but our mission is huge," said Windustry Executive Director Lisa Daniels, in her welcoming remarks. "It is no less important than the survival of the planet and the health of our children and grandchildren." Daniels called for big projects with big turbines and those with midsize and small machines. "We need a diverse set of solutions for a robust economy and diverse society."

Watch a Slide Show of the Rocky Mountain Region event.

USDA, Rural Development's Under Secretary Dallas Tonsager spent considerable time at the conference, delivering a keynote on the first day and speaking one-to-one with many of the attendees. The Under Secretary assured the landowners, and industry and government leaders present that USDA goals centered on energy independence, creating a green economy and green jobs.

On day two, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. spoke midday. Just days from the election, he bore the stance of a proud statesman ready to take on new roles, and outlined the strides Colorado made to advance renewable energy production and clean-tech jobs during his tenure.

Case studies featured Jeff Nelson, General Manager of East River Electric Power Cooperative highlighting an innovative community wind project led by the South Dakota electric coop. The Mayor of Greensburg, Kansas, Robert Dixson, described the steps the town took to rebuild with wind energy after a tornado devastated the area.

Many reported that networking and information sharing was strong over the two days of the meeting. Said one conference attendee: "The speakers went into the detail I was hoping to hear, and it was a perfect environment to get answers and make good connections"

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