Washington, D.C., May 22, 2006 — From June 4 to 7, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) will bring together utility and business leaders, national and state policymakers, and renewable energy advocates at its largest conference and trade show ever, hosting more than 4,500 attendees at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
The WINDPOWER 2006 Conference & Exhibition will feature a spectacular exhibition hall with more than 280 companies demonstrating advanced products and technology, an awards banquet honoring over 20 individuals from across the nation for leadership in the development and promotion of wind energy, and plenary and educational sessions featuring state governors, U.S. administration leaders, and utility and wind industry executives tackling the industry’s current challenges and presenting a vision for the future.
Wind energy is one a growing energy source. In 2005, new wind farms were the second-largest source of new power generation in the U.S., after new natural gas power plants. In February, President George W. Bush asserted that wind energy could provide up to 20% of the nation’s electricity, up from less than 1 percent.
In 2005, the industry broke annual installed capacity records, installing over 2,400 megawatts (MW) or over $3 billion worth of new generating equipment in 22 states. America’s wind farm fleet, with over 9,000 MW of capacity currently installed, is generating enough electricity to serve over 2.3 million homes and is currently saving an estimated half a billion cubic feet of natural gas per day (Bcf/day), helping reduce prices and imports of the fuel. The industry is planning to invest over $4 billion and bring an additional 3,000 MW on line this year.
Therefore, the opening session of WINDPOWER 2006 will feature two of our nation’s high-profile governors, Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania and Governor Tom Vilsack of Iowa, discussing the importance of wind power to their states and the nation.
The conference will also feature wind energy corporate executives, utility executives, and federal and state regulators, participating in panel discussions to address issues of energy generation, challenges facing the industry, and their vision for the future of wind. Other educational sessions will discuss the role of small wind projects and a host of policy, business, and technical topics. The conference will also examine how wind energy is increasingly a source of job creation and economic growth.
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