The seventh annual Iowa Wind Power Conference will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 11-12, at the FFA Enrichment Center on the Campus of Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa with a terrific lineup of speakers, informative sessions, exhibitors and new research displays. The tentative program is being finalized and will be on the IWEA website soon, where it can be seen by clicking on the 2014 Conference Program on the navigation bar on the left side of the IWEA website home page at www.iowawindenergy.org.

There are an impressive set of general sessions planned, featuring nationally recognized leaders in the wind energy industry, elected leaders, policy development specialists and utility leaders in the wind energy industry. A special feature of this year’s conference will be the first ever Education/Job Fair on March 11, which will provide wind energy companies an opportunity to meet with wind energy training programs and job seekers. There will also be an opportunity for K-12 students and educators to learn more about job opportunities in wind energy.

There will be 30 exhibitors showcasing their products and services during the conference! Exhibit booths are limited this year and are expected to go fast.

Dozens of university wind energy research project displays will be available during the conference. These project displays will be judged by a panel of experts, and cash awards will be given to the top projects in several categories.

The annual membership meeting is Tuesday, March 11, from 3:45 to 5 p.m., with IWEA committee reports and the election of board members to complete.

Registration materials are available on the IWEA website, and if you’re waiting until the last minute to register, remember there is an additional $50 fee for registering at the door. Register today to attend one of the best regional wind association events in the nation!

Conference sponsors include Benefactor level sponsors AWEA, Clean Line Energy and Exelon Energy; Contributing sponsor EDP Renewables and Partner sponsors Des Moines Area Community College, Kirkwood Community College, Van Meter Industrial, GMT Corporation, RPMAccess, Gallagher Energy, Nyemaster Law Firm, ITC Midwest, Alltite and Snyder & Assciates.

For more information, please contact us via the Iowa Wind Energy Association website at www.iowaowindenergy.org or call 515-320-4058.