PRESS RELEASE: New England wind power: Industry leaders head for Portland, Maine to tackle top regional issues

PRESS RELEASE: New England wind power: Industry leaders head for Portland, Maine to tackle top regional issues

August 29, 2012

Lindsay North

PORTLAND, Maine – Wind industry leaders will head to Portland, Maine next week for the AWEA Regional Wind Energy Summit – New England. Featuring top wind industry leaders of the Northeast, the Summit will include compelling discussion on the challenges and growth potential associated with developing clean, affordable, homegrown wind power in the northeastern United States.

Other topics driving the conversation at the Summit will include:

  • In-depth market overviews and policy updates
  • Growth strategies and demand drivers for wind power in the New England region
  • Potential job growth and economic development opportunity from wind energy
  • Critical issues related to siting and wildlife

When: Wednesday, September 5, 8 a.m. through Thursday, September 6th at 12 p.m.
Who: Just some of the experts and industry leaders featured include:
David Wilby, vice president of state policy at First Wind
Mark Bolinger, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory
David Littell, Commissioner, Maine Public Utilities Commission
Jack Parker, President and CEO, Reed & Reed
Paul Phifer, Assistant Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Abigail Krich, President, Boreas Renewables
Paul Williamson, Maine Wind Industry Initiative      

Where: Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks
200 Sable Oaks Drive
South Portland, Maine. 04106

RSVP: Members of the press are invited to attend all panel discussions. More information on the AWEA Regional Wind Energy Summit – Northeast can be found here. Members of the press can contact Rebecca Willard (202)552- 8101 for credentials.

AWEA is the national trade association of America's wind industry, with more than 2,500 member companies, including global leaders in wind power and energy development, wind turbine manufacturing, component and service suppliers, and the world's largest wind power trade show, the WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, which takes place next in Atlanta, June 2-6, 2012. AWEA is the voice of wind energy in the U.S., promoting renewable energy to power a cleaner, stronger America. Look up information on wind energy at the AWEA website. Find insight on industry issues at AWEA's blog Into the Wind. Join AWEA on Facebook. Follow AWEA on Twitter.

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