Media Advisory: With wind energy development picking up in Michigan, leaders discuss economic benefits

Wind industry executives, investors to join lawmakers at AWEA’s Wind Energy Forum

November 1, 2013

East Lansing, MI – The following event is open to coverage by accredited journalists for news media outlets:

What: AWEA State Energy Forum - Michigan

Who: Business, political and community leaders, including Budget Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Energy and Natural Resources Chair Sen. Ron Wyden, coming together to discuss the current and future Michigan wind industry

When: Monday, November 4, 2013

Where: Michigan State University, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, 219 South Harrison Road, East Lansing, Mich.

Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) will kick off the forum, providing opening comments by video. National and regional updates will follow on the status of the wind energy industry, with an emphasis on Michigan’s wind potential and stakeholders’ perspectives. Over lunch, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) will discuss their views on the current wind industry and its value to Michigan and the nation overall.

Background: Michigan has 988 megawatts of installed wind capacity, enough to power nearly 325,000 average Michigan homes, and representing close to $2 billion in investment to date. Officials are considering plans and a policy framework for additional capacity in the near future. Michigan is also home to 39 manufacturing facilities actively producing components for wind turbines, which are assembled and installed across the country.

AWEA is the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry, with over 900 member companies, including global leaders in wind power and energy development, wind turbine manufacturing, component and service suppliers, and the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind power trade show, the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, which takes place next in Anaheim, California, May 22-26, 2017. AWEA is the voice of wind energy in the U.S., promoting renewable energy to power a cleaner, stronger America. Look up information on wind energy at the AWEA website. Find insight on industry issues at AWEA's blog Into the Wind. Join AWEA on Facebook. Follow AWEA on Twitter.