Monday, September 28, 2015

REGISTER NOW: Pennsylvania wind energy forum to lay out vision for growth in the state

Don't miss an opportunity to discuss the path forward for wind energy growth in Pennsylvania at the American Wind Energy Association's State Wind Energy Forum in Harrisburg on October 14.

See more info below or visit their event page here.

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) will host a day-long forum to discuss the path forward for wind energy growth in Pennsylvania.

John Hanger, Secretary of Planning and Policy, Pennsylvania

Larry Schweiger, President & CEO, PennFuture

Gladys Brown, Commissioner, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

Bruce Burcat, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Coalition (MAREC)

Robert Frick, Senior Sales Manager, GE Power and Water

Dave Campbell, Associate Director, Environmental Protection Agency Region 3 Office

Rob Gramlich, Senior Vice President, Government & Public Affairs, AWEA

For a full list of speakers see:

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET

Penn State Harrisburg, 777 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, Pennsylvania

Wind energy industry leaders, state officials, and renewable energy advocates in Pennsylvania will join in a series of panel discussions and meetings to chart the path forward for wind power in the state.

The forum agenda is designed to appeal to a broad array of Pennsylvania wind stakeholders, including landowners, county officials, rural bankers, agricultural producers, policy makers, manufacturers, developers, educators, researchers, advocates, utilities, economic development specialists, energy specialists, government officials, analysts, and regulatory personnel.

John Hanger, Secretary of Planning and Policy for Pennsylvania, will be kick things off as the opening plenary speaker at 8:30 a.m. ET. Larry Schweiger, President and CEO of PennFuture will be the keynote speaker, delivering remarks at noon.

The AWEA State Wind Energy Forum – Pennsylvania is the third state forum AWEA has hosted this year. Previous events this year were held in Montana and Michigan.

Today, wind power supports 2,000 jobs in Pennsylvania and has attracted $2.7 billion dollars in capital investment to the state’s economy. Pennsylvania is a wind manufacturing leader with 29 factories supporting well-paying jobs throughout the state. With 1,340 MW of installed wind capacity in the state, wind energy currently supplies 1.6 percent of Pennsylvania’s in-state electricity production.

Pennsylvania has the technical wind resource potential to meet 88 percent of the state’s current electricity potential, using current technology and 110 meter hub heights.

Pennsylvania passed an Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS) in 2004, requiring electricity suppliers to supply 18 percent of their sales from alternative energy sources by 2021. Wind energy has historically been the renewable resource chosen to meet renewable standards requirements, fulfilling 86 percent of RPS requirements through 2011 and driving economic development in the state as a result.
American wind power supplies more than 25 percent of the in-state electricity production for Iowa and South Dakota. Department of Energy data show wind power is the fifth largest electricity source in the U.S. providing electricity to power the equivalent of 18 million average American homes. Over 73,000 jobs are supported by wind energy and more than 500 factories in 43 states produce parts and supplies for wind. Over $100 billion dollars in private investment has been attracted to the U.S. economy by growing new wind farms.

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