The program for the sixth annual Nebraska Wind Conference features well-known national and local experts in the wind and solar energy fields. "Harvesting Nebraska's Potential" is scheduled for November 13-15 at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in Lincoln.
Attendees will hear from the candidates for Nebraska governor, as well as state senators, about the impact of wind on Nebraska's economy and future. The Chief Executive Officers of Nebraska Public Power District, Omaha Public Power District and Lincoln Electric System will participate in a panel to discuss their perspectives on the future of renewable energy in Nebraska.
"Conference attendees will get to hear from those that make the policy decisions affecting the development of wind energy," said John Hansen, Co-Chair of the Conference. "It's an excellent opportunity to express the desire of Nebraskans to develop this home grown resource."
The conference will include expert speakers on Nebraska's competitive position for wind energy for export.
"In addition to hearing from industry leaders and policy makers about the future of renewable energy, attendees will hear from industrial customers and their interest in renewable energy, rural perspectives on wind, the New Integrated Marketplace and Connecting Wind Generation to the Grid," said Dan McGuire, Co-Chair of the Conference. "The question "How Long Do Turbines Really Last?" will be answered in a session."
New to the conference is a "Solar and Other Renewable Sources of Energy" track featuring Solar Thermal Case Studies, Nebraska Wildlife Issues, Biogas/Methane Digesters Case Studies, Renewable Energy Policy and Distributed and Community Wind, Solar and Hybrid.
"In addition to wind energy, other renewable energy sources are vital to Nebraska's economic development," said Adam Herink, Co-Chair of the Conference. "If we look at all of the options available including wind, solar, biogas and others, Nebraska has the opportunity to harvest full energy potential."
The next Governor of the State of Nebraska may very well leave a lasting impression on the attendees of the sixth annual Nebraska Wind Conference, as three of the seven announced candidates for the office of Governor have confirmed their attendance and participation in a panel on Friday, November 15, 2013 at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln, NE.
State Senators Tom Carlson (R) and Annette Dubas (D), as well as Chuck Hassebrook (D), former Executive Director of the Center for Rural Affairs, will each speak to the conference attendees during a 10:00 a.m. panel discussion about the impact of wind on Nebraska's economy and future. State Senator Charlie Janssen (R) and State Auditor Mike Foley (R) had prior commitments and are not able to attend the conference. The remaining two gubernatorial candidates, State Senator Beau McCoy (R) and Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts (R) have not confirmed their attendance.
"We are pleased to have three of the candidates for Governor confirmed to attend the conference because it reflects their recognition of wind as a vital economic resource for the State of Nebraska," said Adam Herink, Co-Chair of the conference. "This will provide a forum for them to reach Nebraskans who are interested in the development of wind power in this state."
In addition to the Governor Candidate panel, attendees will also hear from many national and local experts and policy makers. Some highlighted sessions include a panel with Nebraska State Senators, and a discussion about Nebraska's Competitive Position for Wind for Export with Mark Kornhaus with NextEra, James Williams with Invenergy and Derek Sunderman with Tradewind, Inc.
Those interested in hearing these experts can registration for $125. For participant registration and sponsorship, go to www.NebraskaWindConference.com