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Siting and building more U.S. wind farms the focus as industry conference kicks off today in Kansas City

3/01/11

WASHINGTON – Siting and building wind farms to produce more clean, affordable American wind power has never been more important than today, as unrest in the Middle East and $4-a-gallon gasoline prices again focus attention on how dependent the United States is on foreign energy sources.

WASHINGTON – Siting and building wind farms to produce more clean, affordable American wind power has never been more important than today, as unrest in the Middle East and $4-a-gallon gasoline prices again focus attention on how dependent the United States is on foreign energy sources.

Experts in siting wind farms will kick off the American Wind Energy Association's two-day Wind Power Project Siting Workshop, from 1 pm Central today, March 1, through tomorrow, March 2 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, 2345 McGee Street, Kansas City. Press credentials for in-person attendance are available by contacting AWEA.

Experts at the workshop will also take questions from journalists on a press call today at noon Central / 1 pm Eastern. To participate, credentialed media can dial 1-800-326-0013 and use access code: 5241169#


Participating for AWEA on today's press call will be:

  • Rob Gramlich, Senior Vice President for Public Policy

  • John Anderson, Director of Siting Policy

  • Tom Vinson, Director of Regulatory Affairs

  • Peter Kelley, Vice President for Public Affairs


Among the pressing issues to be addressed at the workshop are the pending draft guidelines for wildlife and golden eagles, now pending at the U.S. Department of Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management.

AWEA in a statement on Feb. 15 (see http://www.awea.org/rn_release_02-15-11.cfm) said it cannot support the guidelines as released, because they disregard a two-year, pro-wildlife agreement worked out under the supervision of Fish and Wildlife with leading wildlife organizations. The draft guidelines threaten at least 35,000 megawatts of homegrown electricity - and $70 billion in private investment. A public comment period extends through May.

A new issue of AWEA's Rhetoric vs. Reality series, on the topic of "Wind Energy and Birds" was released today, and the guidelines will be discussed further by a panel tomorrow morning, March 2, at 10:30 am Central at the workshop in Kansas City.

AWEA yesterday discussed the need for more homegrown wind energy in light of the latest energy crisis and the new ability to wind-power electric cars and plug-in hybrids, in a separate statement at http://www.awea.org/rn_release_02-28-11.cfm.

For more information and interviews, please contact Debra Preitkis-Jones at 202-580-6458, debra@awea.org, or Peter L. Kelley on-site in Kansas City at 202-270-8831, pkelley@awea.org.


AWEA is the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry. We represent 1,000 member companies and over 100,000 jobs in the U.S. economy, serving 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 largest wind power trade show, the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, next in Houston, May 20-23, 2019. Find information about wind energy on the AWEA website. Gain insight into industry issues on AWEA's blog, Into the Wind. And please join us on Facebook, and follow @AWEA on Twitter.