The content in this preview is based on the last saved version of your email - any changes made to your email that have not been saved will not be shown in this preview.

In This Issue
Register for regional conference!
USDA grant to support small wind
Energy conference explores new technology
On the Windustry Trail

Turbine Energy on a Stick

Quick Links
Wind Basics
Windustry News
Community Wind Toolbox
About Windustry

Find us on Facebook

Community Wind Across America

Donate Now

Windustry E-Newsletter
October 2010
Register for a Community Wind across America Conference 



The Community Wind across America conference series kicks off in the Rocky Mountain region, October 26-27, 2010, followed by events for the Midwest and Mid Atlantic regions in November.

Community Wind across America 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 conferences are for anyone interested in benefiting from wind energy production: rural landowners, farmers, ranchers, municipal utilities, elected officials, town planners, tribal representatives, economic development professionals, business leaders, investors, bankers, and community leaders.

or phone Catherine O' Neill at 612-870-3477

Two Tracks Over Two Days:

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 include: Small Wind basics - how to get started and examples. "The Unrealities of Wind" will provide an overview of the wide variety of new machines available and the importance of Small Wind Certification.

Keynote address from A+ Governor

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. will give a midmorning keynote address on day two of the Rocky Mountain Region conference. The architect of Colorado's New Energy Economy, Governor Ritter is a strong and vocal advocate of making wind, solar, biofuels, and efficiency measures more affordable to homeowners and small businesses. He was recently given an A+ rating for his work in that area by the Colorado Conservation Voters.


Rocky Mountain Region, October 26-27, 2010, Renaissance Denver Hotel, Denver, CO.
Midwest Region, November 15-16 2010, Crowne Plaza Hotel, St. Paul, MN
Mid Atlantic Region November 30 - December 1, 2010, Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA 

Scholarships available for the Mid Atlantic Conference
Learn More

Grant supports a Small Wind Bulk-Buy program across nine counties.
DOA logo
Windustry was recently awarded a $275,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development office.

The new RBEG grant provides resources to work in southern work with the Region Nine Development Commission's Renewable Energy Task Force to develop a Small Wind Bulk-Buy program across nine counties.

Read More
E# 2010 Banner

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
Saint Paul RiverCentre
Read More

On the Windustry Trail...

Windustry staff have been busy working on Community Wind.

In August and September:
  • Executive Director Lisa Daniels joined in a U.S. DOE Webinar previewing the upcoming Community Wind across America Conferences. The group discussed how consumer-owned utilities and the communities can benefit from strategic parnteships to gain economies of scale for wind projects.

  • Windustry participated in an Environmental Law and Policy Center meeting in Chicago, IL  to discuss Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs. The group, made up of electric utilities, farmers unions, environmental advocacy groups, renewable energy developers, the USDA, and agriculture committees of Congress, discussed the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and the Rural Utility Service (RUS).

    They agreed that simplifying the application process and moving dollars from loan guarantees to direct grants would help communities develop their renewable energy resources. The next step is to share this information with USDA and congressional staff.

Autumn Wind
Photo Credit: Bob Jagendorf, Some rights reserved

Autumn wind --
mountain's shadow

The author of this hiaku is regarded
as one of the four haiku masters in Japan.  Though life was filled with struggles, his haiku tend to celebrate the serene joys and simple spiritual moments of life.

Who is he?

Find out at Windspiration