Plans set for Iowa wind energy convention

Source: Dan Piller • Des Moines Register • Posted: Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Governor Terry Branstad will open the Iowa Wind Energy Conference which runs through April 9-11 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

U.S. Representatives Steve King, Leonard Boswell and Tom Latham have confirmed their attendance and will speak at 10:30 on April 10th with Senators Grassley and Harkin and Representatives Braley and Loebsack invited. A reception for members of Iowa’s Legislature is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday April 9th.

Iowa is the nation’s second-largest wind energy producing state, with more than 4,200 megawatts of capacity scheduled to be in service by the end of this year.

Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, will provide a Keynote Address on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. AWEA has over 2,500 member companies.

Many other presentations will be provided with a wide variety of topics including storage and alternative uses for wind energy, updates from regulatory agencies, electrical transmission project updates, small & community wind projects, and new developments in turbine and tower technology. Displays of energy research projects from Iowa’s universities and colleges will also be included during the conference.

More information about the program, IWEA membership and registration forms can be found on the Iowa Wind Energy website at or call our office at 515-320-4057.