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Regional Wind Conference in South Dakota draws 260

More than 260 attended the Regional Wind Conference at the Swiftel Center in Brookings, S.D. Sept. 11-13, hosted by the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and the United States Department of Energy.

A total of 31 expert representing various wind energy organizations presented research and their perspectives to attendees.

South Dakota PUC Commissioner Dusty Johnson - who chaired the event - dubbed the conference a success. "We had 12 states represented as well as as Washington, D.C.," Johnson said. "Attendees hailed from Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Illinois, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and South Dakota. We're finding that the interest in wind energy in the state as well as in the entire region has grown tremendously."

U.S. DOE Wind Powering America National Coordinator Phil Dougherty addressed the crowd at the Sept. 12 luncheon. Dougherty told the audience how the energy challenges our country faced in the 70s are similar to those we're facing now, 30 years later. One of the biggest challenges is getting the wind power produced to the marketplace.

Xcel Energy CEO Dick Kelly gave an update on his company's wind energy development at the Sept. 13 luncheon.

Those who were unable to attend can listen via archived Web casts and view PowerPoint presentations from the conference below: 

     Wind 101 Session
        
LISTEN
          Powerpoint presentations:
               Dusty Johnson (2,917 KB)

     Session 1- Making Community-Based Wind Work:
         LISTEN
          Powerpoint presentations:
               ●Dr. Karl-Heintz Mertins, Topic- Financing (586 KB)
               ●Dan Juhl, Topic- Formation and Operation powerpoint (729 KB)

     Session 2- Challenges of Wind:
         LISTEN
         Powerpoint presentations:
              Regi Goodale, Topic- Overview (87 KB)
              Price Hatcher, Topic- Scheduling/Capacity (2,021 KB)

     LISTEN to the Luncheon Keynote address by Phil Dougherty- U.S. Department
         of Energy Wind Powering America Coordinator

     Session 3- Barriers to Wind Development:
         LISTEN
         Powerpoint presentations:
              ●John DiDonato, Topic- Siting Process (846 KB)
              Dale Osborn, Topic- Transmission (438 KB)
              ●Tom Feiler, Topic- Buyers/Marketing (5,798 KB)

     Session 4- WRAN and Wind Forecasting:
         LISTEN
         Powerpoint presentations:
              ●Dr. Michael Ropp, Topic- WRAN (1.458 KB)
              ●Lee Alnes, Topic- Wind Forecasting (2,370 KB)

     ►RECAP of Monday's Wind Sessions:
        ●
LISTEN
        Powerpoint presentations:
             Steve Wegman (3,044 KB)
             ●
Lisa Daniels (727 KB)

     Session 5- Evaluating Policy Tools:
         LISTEN

     Session 6- Developments in Wind:
         ●LISTEN
         Powerpoint presentations:
              Brad Crabtree, Topic- Using Technology to Overcome Wind Challenges (319 KB)
              ●Mark Eilers, Topic- Machine Design (1.647 KB)

      LISTEN to the Luncheon Keynote address by Dick Kelly, CEO, Xcel Energy


Click here to view the conference AGENDA. (16 KB)