Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Largest U.S. Wind Energy Event Ever

Largest U.S. Wind Energy Event Ever Will Bring Together Utility, National, and State Leaders
Press Release from American Wind Energy Association

May 22, 2006

WINDPOWER 2006 Conference & Exhibition Will Mark Wind Energy's Breakthrough Into Second-largest Source of New Power Generation in U.S., Present Plans for Advancement of Industry.
"These are heady times for the wind industry, with a record year in 2005, and 2006 looking even better."

- Randall Swisher, AWEA Executive Director From June 4 - 7, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) will bring together utility and business leaders, national and state policymakers, and renewable energy advocates at its largest conference and trade show ever, hosting more than 4,500 attendees at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

The WINDPOWER 2006 Conference & Exhibition will feature a spectacular Exhibition Hall with more than 280 companies demonstrating advanced products and technology, an awards banquet honoring over 20 individuals from across the nation for leadership in the development and promotion of wind energy, and plenary and educational sessions featuring state governors, U.S. administration leaders, and utility and wind industry executives tackling the industry's current challenges and presenting a vision for the future.

Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing energy sources in the world. In 2005, new wind farms were the second-largest source of new power generation in the U.S., after new natural gas power plants. In February, President George W. Bush asserted that wind energy could provide up to 20% of the nations electricity, up from less than 1% today.

"These are heady times for the wind industry, with a record year in 2005, and 2006 looking even better," said AWEA Executive Director Randall Swisher. "The industry is working overtime to keep up with the exciting growth and demand. Clean, renewable, domestic wind power is an important part of the solution to the ever-increasing public calls for energy sources that reduce our dependence on imported fuels and work for our economy, environment, and energy security."

Christine Real de Azua
Assistant Director of Communications
American Wind Energy Association
Direct phone: (202) 383-2508
Fax: (202) 383-2505