Advancing Wind Power in Illinois Conference


Chicago, IL - The Illinois Wind Working Group (IWWG) will host their fifth annual Advancing Wind Power in Illinois Conference, July 21 - 22, 20101, at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois. The conference is co-hosted by the Center for Renewable Energy at Illinois State University and the Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation at Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Environmental Assessments in the Great Lakes Region Webinar

This webinar was hosted by Windustry with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on May 18, 2010. The webinar provided a discussion of discuss environmental assessments for land-based wind energy development in and near communities along the Great Lakes.

Presenters for the webinar included:

  • David Stout, Chairman of the Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee, US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Charles McKeown, Renewable Energy Policy Program Manager, MSU Land Policy Institute
  • Michael D. Ernst, Esq., Director, Regulatory Affairs, Tetra Tech

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Small Wind Energy State Rebate Programs

Some states have rebates for Small Wind Energy Systems, and the number of programs have increased with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

If your state is not listed below, then check the the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) web site to review programs for your state.


Emerging Renewables Program
California Energy Commission - Consumer Energy Center


Solar And Wind Energy Rebate Program
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity


Commonwealth Wind Incentive Program
Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust


Minnesota Small Wind Turbine Rebate for Residences
Minnesota Office of Energy Security

New Jersey

Renewable Energy Incentive Program
New Jersey's Clean Energy Program

New York

On-Site or Small Wind Incentives
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority


Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency

Advancing Wind Power in Illinois


Peoria, IL - The Illinois Wind Working Group (IWWG) will host their fourth annual Advancing Wind Power in Illinois Conference, July 14 - 15, 2010, at the Peoria Civic Center.  The conference covers many aspects of wind energy including large, community, and small wind. 

Sessions will include economic development, wind assessment and forecasting methods, siting and zoning, net metering, construction issues, wind for schools, wildlife and environmental issues, how to get a job in wind energy, and more. 

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Meeting on Great Lakes Regional Wind Energy

The Meeting on Great Lakes Regional Wind Energy was held on March 1-2, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Attendees heard presentations on a variety of topics, including: transmission planning and strategy for the great lakes region, wind project economics, renewable energy credit markets and state renewable portfolio standards, and challenges and opportunities in siting wind projects. Please see below for the agenda and archived presentations.


Transmission Planning and Strategy Panel:

State Updates:

Update from the Great Lakes Commission, Victoria Pebbles, Great Lakes Commission

Wind Energy Project Economics Panel:

Regional REC and RPS Best Practices, Jennifer Alvarado, Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association

Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord, Jesse Heier, Midwestern Governer's Association

Wind Energy Siting: Challenges and Opportunities:

Great Lakes Regional Wind Resources 2009

The Updates on Great Lakes Regional Wind Energy Resources were presented  February 23-24th, 2009 in Columbus, OH. Attendees and wind energy experts discussed the mid-size turbine market, comparative economics, how renewable translate into rates, integrating wind into the grid, and Wind Working Groups.


Workforce Opportunities in Ohio’s Wind Industry
Emily Amato, Cuyahoga Community College,
Ohio Wind Working Group
AWEA Policy Update
Jeff Anthony, American Wind Energy Association
Landowner Options and Legal Issues in Wind Lease Agreements
Lisa Daniels, Windustry
Wind Turbine Supply Chain
Matt Garran, Great Lakes WIND Network
Great Lakes Wind Collaborative Overview & Update
John Hummer, Great Lakes Commission
Economic Policy Panel “Fuel Price Forecasts”
Ron Lehr, Consulting Attorney
10 FAQ’s About Wind Energy Integration…and Answers
Michael Milligan, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Ohio’s Offshore Permitting Experience
David E. Nash, McMahon DeGulis
Renewable and Conventional Energy Generation:
Capacity and Costs

Ric O'Connell, Black & Veatch

Wind Power Basics


Skokie, Illinois - The Alliance for Lifelong Learning and Oakton Community College in Skokie, Illinois, will sponsor an introductory wind power class. 

This challenging course will give you a basic understanding of wind power generation. The classes will cover how a wind turbine works, how to estimate the production at a given site, wind resources, making economic calculations, understanding the issues on siting and installing a wind power system.

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Midwestern Wind Power Development and Finance Summit


Chicago, IL — Midwestern Wind Power Development & Finance Summit will bring together regulators, utility renewable energy policy and planning executives, developers and financiers to discuss how to develop and finance renewable energy sources effectively, efficiently and quickly. They will discuss not only how to clear local permitting and transmission interconnection hurdles, but how to structure projects to take advantage of renewable energy provisions in the stimulus bill.

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Wind Energy: Opportunities for Fabricators Conference


Elgin (Chicago), IL - As the fastest growing industry in North America, involvement in wind energy is a huge opportunity for precision manufacturers, join FMA on Sept. 15 to find out if it's the right fit for your company! The day will be dedicated to helping fabricators indentify and capitalize on opportunities in the wind energy supply chain. 

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