WINDPOWER 2012 drew thousands to Atlanta, with impressive participation of Southern manufacturing sector
The American Wind Energy Association's first-ever WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition in the South succeeded in drawing 11,000 participants and 920 exhibiting companies to Atlanta June 3-6, including 120 exhibitors from the region.
WASHINGTON—The American Wind Energy Association's first-ever WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition in the South succeeded in drawing 11,000 participants and 920 exhibiting companies to Atlanta June 3-6, including 120 exhibitors from the region.
The Association (AWEA) chose the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta five years ago as the site to hold WINDPOWER 2012, because the South has emerged as a manufacturing and transportation hub for U.S. wind power factories and their supply chain.
It's also now an emerging market for wind power purchases, as well as new wind farms, as continued technological innovation such as new turbines, taller towers, and longer blades make cost-effective generation of electricity possible at lower-wind locations.
AWEA noted the high quality of the technology on display in Atlanta and the senior level of the attendees, and said the conference and exhibition hit attendance numbers within the range expected.
"We met our expectations for our first entry into the South, with tremendous response from members of the business community who were not aware how much 'skin in the game' the South has, with 90 manufacturing facilities in wind," said Denise Bode, CEO of AWEA.
"We're excited now about our return next year to Chicago, which is where we held the world's biggest-ever WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition, in 2009,” Bode said. “We'll be back there next May, at McCormick Place Chicago." That 2009 event created $37 million in economic activity for the city.
After Chicago, Ill., May 5-8, 2013, WINDPOWER will move to Las Vegas, Nev. (in May 2014); Orlando, Fla. (May 2015); and New Orleans, La. (May 2016).
AWEA is the national trade association for the U.S. wind industry, the largest source of renewable energy in the country. We represent 1,000 member companies, 120,000 jobs in the U.S. economy, and a nationwide workforce located across all 50 states. AWEA serves as a powerful voice for how wind works for America. Members include global leaders in wind power and energy development, turbine manufacturing, and component and service suppliers. They gather each year at the Western Hemisphere’s most efficient and targeted event for utility-scale renewable companies, the AWEA CLEANPOWER Conference & Exhibition, next in Indianapolis, June 7-10, 2021. An outgrowth of the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, CLEANPOWER is the first trade show focused exclusively on the utility-scale renewable power sector, bringing together all the major developers, utilities, OEMs, suppliers and buyers under one roof. Visit AWEA’s website to learn more about the enormous economic benefits wind power brings to America and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.