The Arkansas Energy Office is sponsoring a day-long Arkansas Wind Energy Conference on January 17, 2008 at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.
Keynote speaker Larry Flowers of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will discuss global and national trends for wind energy.
There will also be a discussion of the costs of wind-produced electricity, land leasing and financing options through private and public/private investments.
LM Glasfiber, the world's leading producer of wind turbine blades, recently announced plans to build a manufacturing facility in Little Rock, Arkansas. The plant will employ over 1,000 people. The company is also locating its North American corporate headquarters in Little Rock. A representative of the company, a contributing sponsor of the conference, will speak at the event.
Tom Wind, an Iowa industry consultant will talk about community and agricultural applications, interconnecting to the electrical grid, financing small community wind projects and uses for large and small wind turbines for specific needs.
A panel discussion will explore Arkansas' wind potential, training for teachers and students and developing a wind energy workforce.
The conference will also address the environmental, legal and aesthetic issues surrounding wind energy and its potential economic opportunities in Arkansas.
Conference participants will be invited to be part of the Arkansas Wind Working Group, being formed to explore wind energy opportunities in greater depth.
The conference begins at 8 a.m. in the Reynolds Room of the Campus Center and ends at 2:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. There is no charge for those registered by January 10, 2008, but there will be a $20 charge after that date. To register online, go to http://survey.uaex.edu/CD/AWEC/awec.htm.
E-mail maureen Rose at [email protected] or call 501-671-2066 for more information.