The program for the sixth annual Nebraska Wind Conference features well-known national and local experts in the wind and solar energy fields. “Harvesting Nebraska’s Potential” is scheduled for Nov. 13-15 at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in Lincoln.
Attendees will hear from the candidates for Nebraska governor, as well as state senators, about the impact of wind on Nebraska’s economy and future. The Chief Executive Officers of Nebraska Public Power District, Omaha Public Power District and Lincoln Electric System will participate in a panel to discuss their perspectives on the future of renewable energy in Nebraska.
“Conference attendees will get to hear from those that make the policy decisions affecting the development of wind energy,” said John Hansen, co-chair of the conference. “It’s an excellent opportunity to express the desire of Nebraskans to develop this home grown resource.”
The conference will include expert speakers on Nebraska’s competitive position for wind energy for export.
“In addition to hearing from industry leaders and policy makers about the future of renewable energy, attendees will hear from industrial customers and their interest in renewable energy, rural perspectives on wind, the New Integrated Marketplace and Connecting Wind Generation to the Grid,” said Dan McGuire, co-chair of the conference. “The question “How Long Do Turbines Really Last?” will be answered in a session.”
New to the conference is a “Solar and Other Renewable Sources of Energy” track featuring solar thermal case studies, Nebraska wildlife issues, biogas/methane digesters case studies, renewable energy policy and distributed and community wind, solar and hybrid.
“In addition to wind energy, other renewable energy sources are vital to Nebraska’s economic development,” said Adam Herink, co-chair of the conference. “If we look at all of the options available including wind, solar, biogas and others, Nebraska has the opportunity to harvest full energy potential.”
Those interested in hearing these experts can take advantage of the early bird registration fee, which is $100 and is valid until Sept. 30. Registration fee after that date is $125.
For participant registration and sponsorship, go to www.NebraskaWindConference.com. To view last year’s presentations, go to http://www.neo.ne.gov/renew/wind-working-group/2012conference.htm.