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AWEA Wind Transmission Seminar Hosted in Indianapolis; Are you attending? Tell us about it March 22, 2012

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Dear Blog Readers:

Are any of you attending this seminar and want to submit a report or summary of this event to be posted to this blog? Please contact me at laura.arnold@indianadg.net.

Laura Ann Arnold

InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report

 American Wind Energy Association Director of Industry Data Elizabeth Salerno says Indiana is a rising star in the wind power industry.

The Wind Power Transmission Seminar in Indianapolis is underway. The two-day event focuses on growing wind energy use and production. The American Wind Energy Association, which is hosting the event, says wind manufacturing is responsible for up to 2,000 Indiana jobs. says Indiana is one of only 14 states that produces more than 1,000 megawatts of wind power.

March 21, 2012

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — Today, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) kicked off its Wind Power Transmission Seminar in Indianapolis, Ind. at the hub of one of America’s fastest growing states for wind power. Indiana increased its installed wind power ten fold in 2009 and 2010. Meanwhile, wind manufacturing is powering as many as 2,000 Indiana jobs in at least 14 different Indiana factories including companies like Brevini, a major gearbox manufacturer in Muncie, Ind.

Over the next two days, attendees at the Westin Indianapolis will hear about the issues that are impacting transmission the most. The AWEA Wind Power Transmission Seminar is the leading U.S. transmission event dedicated solely to addressing the challenges and identifying the solutions to transmission and wind energy. The workshop brings together top experts from the wind industry, transmission sector, utilities, consulting, and policymaking worlds to discuss the progress being made, difficulties that remain, paths forward and lessons learned on wind energy transmission.

Attendees will also hear keynote addresses from AWEA’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Rob Gramlich, Commissioner John Norris of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and John Bear, President and CEO of the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO).

“With roughly 35 percent annual growth in the U.S. wind industry over the past five years, and almost 200,000 megawatts of proposed wind projects waiting to be connected to the power grid, the development of new transmission lines is vital to the continued growth of the wind industry,” said AWEA’s Gramlich. “This conference will explore solutions to transmission bottlenecks that can help get more clean, affordable and homegrown wind energy to market and create tens of thousands of new jobs.”

The Midwest wind power market continues to be a vital center for the U.S. wind power industry. The Midwest was home to almost a third of all new American wind megawatts installed last year.

The tremendous growth in wind energy installations and Midwestern manufacturing jobs in recent years is being driven by the federal Production Tax Credit for wind. But with the PTC expiration looming at year-end, the stakes for Indiana, the Midwest and the nation could not be clearer. Economic studies have shown that Congressional inaction on the PTC could eliminate 37,000 American jobs, shutter plants and cancel billions of dollars in private investment.

“Wind power and the federal Production Tax Credit for wind are driving a midwestern manufacturing success story,” said AWEA CEO Denise Bode. “That is why extending this one crucial tax credit for wind power production is our top national policy objective. And why we are leaving no stone unturned in our drive to get the PTC extended now, before it is too late for tens of thousands of good midwestern jobs.”

AWEA will hold its Wind Finance and Investment Seminar in New York on April 12-13, 2012, while its major annual conference and exhibition, WINDPOWER 2012, will hit Atlanta, Ga. on June 3-6.

AWEA is the national trade association of America’s wind industry, with more than 2,500 member companies, including global leaders in wind power and energy development, wind turbine manufacturing, component and service suppliers, and the world’s largest wind power trade show, the WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, which takes place next in Atlanta, June 2-6, 2012. AWEA is the voice of wind energy in the U.S., promoting renewable energy to power a cleaner, stronger America.

Source: American Wind Energy Association

Want to know more about wind production in Indiana? Please see https://indianadg.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/q-where-does-power-from-indiana-wind-farms-go-a-only-26-going-to-indiana-utilities/

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