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Wind Summit Held Dec. 9 at Appalachian

BOONE–The Appalachian State University Energy Center will present The 2002 Wind Summit on Monday, Dec. 9 at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center.

A $75 registration fee includes participation in the conference, speaker honoraria, lunch and breaks.

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The conference gives business, environmental, governmental, utility and chamber of commerce leaders of western North Carolina the opportunity to meet with national and state experts to discuss issues relating to wind energy. The most up-to-date information on wind energy will be provided and case studies of successful wind energy programs in other states will be presented.

The wind summit is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and N.C. Touchstone Energies. The federal energy department is holding a variety of such meetings across the country in states with potential for utility scale wind generation. Appalachian is the site for the North Carolina meeting.

“We’re bringing in the best thinkers from the federal government, private sector and manufacturers to spend the day presenting everything one needs to know about the political environment and legal issues associated with wind development,” said Dennis O. Grady, director of Appalachian’s Energy Center and professor of political science. “Wind energy is not a new idea. It’s been going on for years. Our role is to bring the experts together to speak to those who will be making the decisions as to whether we can develop wind energy in the state.”

Other sponsors are N.C. Energy Office and Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation.

Speakers include W. Dwight Bailey, program manager, U.S. Department of Energy, Atlanta Regional Office; Phil Dougherty, U.S. Department of Energy – Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Office; Larry Shirley, director, State Energy Office, Department of Administration, State of North Carolina; and Blair Swezey, principal policy advisor, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Topics include the state’s wind resource and potential for electricity production, environmental issues and wind energy in the state, legal and permitting issues for wind energy and locating wind power projects.