Oklahoma wind energy conference spins new ideas

Revolution, the 2009 Oklahoma Wind Energy Conference, is scheduled for Dec. 2-3, 2009, Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City. Building on last year's highly successful inaugural conference, this year's Revolution promises to be even more exciting, with nationally known experts discussing the hottest topics related to the advancement of wind development in Oklahoma.

The conference will include timely seminars about wind energy growth for Oklahoma and America, including discussions about finance, landowner issues, policy, infrastructure, and other key issues, including:

  • Updates on America's energy resources

  • Transmission and distribution

  • Environmental and wildlife issues

  • Landowner perspectives

  • Wind energy economics

  • Updates on state and federal policy and legislation

  • Oklahoma's education programs

  • Views of complementary energy industries

“Oklahoma is ideal for wind development,” said Robert Wegener, Oklahoma Secretary of Energy. “Oklahoma's traditional energy industry is the perfect complement to wind. We have an abundance of natural gas, which is a great partner for wind generation and development; together they offer a clean, renewable energy solution for the United States. For the last century Oklahoma has been a leader in the development and delivery of energy. Wind is the 21st century complement to our existing energy industry.”

The Revolution 2009 conference is designed to inform and educate landowners, developers, manufacturers, utility companies, community planners, economic development groups, sustainable energy advocates, and those who work to protect the environment on all issues impacting wind development.

“With the new administration's push for renewable energy development, Oklahoma is poised to become a leader in this new ‘green’ energy economy,” said J.D. Strong, Oklahoma Secretary of Environment. “Our commitment to working with the industry to make wildlife and environmental concerns an integral part of wind development in our state is setting a precedent for the rest of the country. With the development of tools like the Lesser Prairie Chicken Spatial Planning Tool, we are demonstrating that wind development and wildlife can coexist.”

Registration is $75. For more information, visit www.OKWindRevolution.com or call (800) 203-5494. The Oklahoma Wind Energy Conference is presented by Oklahoma's secretaries of Energy and Environment, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

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