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Wind Energy Meeting Held At Iowa Lakes

By Staff | Apr 9, 2009

ESTHERVILLE – The second annual meeting and conference for the Iowa Wind Energy Association (IWEA) was held in Estherville on Apr. 2, at Iowa Lakes Community College with keynote speakers John Dunlop and E. Ian Baring-Gould. The goal of this meeting was to bring together a host of wind energy experts to promote the value of increased use of wind energy in the State of Iowa and to elect new officers. Those in attendance were wind energy companies, wind developers, agricultural landowners, large and small scale wind farm producers, construction companies, energy companies, educators and students.

Following the registration, guests at the business meeting were welcomed by IWEA President Dr. Harold Prior. Reports were given by committee chair members. The business meeting then concluded with the election of directors, led by chair Tom Ellenbecker.

Newly elected directors are: Michael Moore, Enlightened Management; Eric Wittrock, GMT Corporation, Terry Bailey, Pottawattamie County Growth Alliance; Kathleen Law, Neymaster Goode Law Firm; Phil Sundblad, Crosswind Energy.

The morning panel focused on “Deployment and Development.” Randy Van Dyke, Vice President of IWEA and CEO of Iowa Lakes Regional Water, led the group, which includes Scott Buchanan, an attorney with the firm of Buchanan, Bibler, Gabor and Meis, who specializes in wind issues; Joe Rubino, a Senior Environmental Scientist with Stanley Consultants, Inc.; Thomas Wind, owner of Wind Energy Consulting PC; and John Bilsten, the General Manager of Algona Municipal Utilities.

Dr. Jim McCalley of Iowa State University led the afternoon open forum entitled “System Integration.” Panelists included: Doug Collins, Executive Director of ITC Midwest; Joe Sullivan, Product Manager of WindLogics; Adrian LaTrace, Vice President and General Manager of Acciona Windpower North America; and, Mike Tramotina, Director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development.

The day wrapped up with remarks from the President of IWEA, Dr. Harold Prior.

Organizers arranged the conference to allow time for attendees to speak with the experts following their sessions. Several conference sponsors had informational booths. Conference sponsors included Alliant Energy, Anemometry Specialists, Hartwig Inc., Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation, ITC, Mid-West Tech, Inc., SOS Staffing, and The Green Business & Sustainability Law Group at Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C.