Penn State program to explore opportunities, challenges of wind energy

Symposium discusses how to harness the fastest growing renewable electricity source in the world

University Park, Pa. — Wind energy is becoming an important source of power for America’s homes and businesses and a potential driver of economic development. Pennsylvania Wind Energy Symposium: Power for the Future, to be held Nov. 17 and 18 at The Penn Stater Conference Center, will give community groups, elected officials, business representatives, researchers and other interested parties a chance to learn more about wind energy and its capability to power the state.

The symposium will present the business case for wind energy and its growth potential, as well as outline the industry’s supply chain and workforce needs. Technical and development challenges in harnessing wind energy will also be discussed.

"When we reviewed case studies of wind energy projects in Pennsylvania, we found that the more information and the more knowledge that community members, business leaders and public officials have about wind power the better decisions they make," said Amy Glasmeier, conference co-chair.

"Wind energy is considered an integral part of any proposed green energy policy, but it's not without challenges and impacts," said Glasmeier. "This symposium will provide the people who attend with a broad understanding of wind energy technology and discuss how it has been and can be developed in Pennsylvania with positive outcomes for communities and the environment."

The symposium also will host a tour of the Allegheny Ridge Wind Farm near Altoona on Nov. 16 for a limited number of symposium participants.

Power for the Future is organized by Penn State’s College of Engineering, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL).

Information about the symposium is available at http://www.WindEnergyPA.org online.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009