The Central Iowa Wind Energy Conference offers farmers and government officials along with business, industry and rural home owners an opportunity to evaluate the potential of using wind as an alternate source of electricity.
The conference will be held in Nevada on Nov. 30 and Eagle Grove on Dec. 7. The same program will be offered at each location. The conference will go from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and includes an optional tour of a wind turbine installation.
The conference is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Energy Center. It is designed to give those attending a chance to evaluate wind energy and explore the potential use of this power source for the future. Kapil Arora, ISU Extension agriculture engineer, says this meeting will be of interest to farmers, government officials along with business, industry and rural home- owners interested in alternate sources of electricity.
Meeting geared for farmers and rural people
The program will include discussions with early adopters of wind energy in the county and with utility companies serving the area. Speakers include Bill Haman from the Iowa Energy Center, John Pearce with the Iowa Utility Board, Kate Sand with USDA Rural Development and Lee Vannoy with the Department of Natural Resources Iowa Energy Bank. Topics to be discussed include wind energy basics, grants and zero interest loans to purchase wind generators, current pricing structure for connection to the power grid, and wind energy contracts.
Registration fee, including lunch, is $15 for registering at least one day in advance of the conference date. Registrations on the date of the conference will be $25. Registrations for the Nevada location are being taken by Story County Extension, 220 H Avenue, Nevada, Iowa 50201, or phone 515-382-6551. Registrations for the Eagle Grove location will be taken by Wright County Extension, 210 1st Street SW, Clarion, Iowa, 50525, phone 515-32-3453. The registration brochure is available online at www.extension.iastate.edu/Bioeconomy/News/CenIowaWindConf.htm.