Wind Power Conference Nov. 9-10

Oct 16, 2009
by WLJ
Wind Power Conference Nov. 9-10

The Nebraska Wind Power 2009 Conference will be held in Kearney, NE, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center Nov. 9-10. Gov. Dave Heineman will keynote the conference Monday noon and Larry Flowers, national technical director of Wind Powering America at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO, will keynote Tuesday noon. The conference will feature the release of the Nebraska Power Association and NREL Wind Integration Task Force findings on the impact of adding various amounts of wind energy to the Nebraska grid, and the broad set of new realities associated with Nebraska joining the Southwest Power Pool.

In addition, there will be two sets of parallel workshops on a wide range of topics with experts on small wind, landowner rights and opportunities, net metering, planning and zoning, siting considerations, wind technician training, transmission, state and federal policies, and other issues of interest to wind supporters.

Pre-registration fees for the conference are $60 per person and $30 per student until Oct. 15, and $75 per person and $45 per student for registration after the deadline and at the door, space permitting.

Registrations will be limited to the first 650 participants.

For more Web site and registration information: Conference Registration: or visit: Nebraska Farmers Union:

For hotel reservations, call Holiday Inn: 308/237-5971, Hampton Inn: 308/234-3400, or Wingate Inn: 308/237-4400.

The event is sponsored by the Nebraska Wind Working Group (NWWG), a state and federal partnership funded by NREL and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Powering America to help develop the state’s wind resources.

NWWG is headed up by Sen. Cap Dierks, former Sen. Don Preister, and Nebraska Farmers Union President John Hansen. “If you are interested in wind energy development or issues, you need to come to this outstanding two-day conference in Kearney,” said Dierks.

“Whatever your interest in wind energy is, our program likely covers it,” said Preister. “The workshops will provide participants the opportunity to ask the speakers questions, and we have structured the conference so that people from a wide range of interests and perspectives will have the opportunity to socialize and exchange ideas.”

Hansen concluded, “In addition to information sharing, we hope Nebraska wind energy stakeholders will have the chance to get acquainted and share ideas on how to help move our state forward with wind energy development. Top to bottom, we have an outstanding set of presenters and speakers on a wide range of wind-related topics. We anticipate a lot of interest and participation, so please register for the conference and also at the Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn, or Wingate Inn as soon as possible.” — WLJ