8:00 – 9:00 Registration, refreshments, display tables (National Renewable Energy Laboratory -NREL, American Wind Energy Association -AWEA, Arkansas Wind Working Group sign-up)
9:00 Opening: Chris Benson, Director – Arkansas Energy Office, Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Welcome: University of Arkansas Fort Smith Chancellor Paul B. Beran
Official Comments: Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe
9:35 Keynote Speaker: Larry Flowers, NREL
Larry will address the current status of wind energy globally, nationally, and in Arkansas. Will give an overview of which states have been successful, and how they achieved success (development of capacity and policy). Actual cost of wind-produced electricity. Discussion of Arkansas wind capacity and maps.
10:30 Arkansas Wind Energy Opportunities
Next Steps for Arkansas in Exploring Wind Energy Development: Jay Godfrey , Director of Renewable Energy, American Electric Power – AEP
Small Wind Projects in Northwest Arkansas: Stephan Pollard , PhD – Environmental Dynamics. (Note: this presentation was updated by the presenter 4/8/08. See the update.)
11:15 The Other Wind Opportunity: Warren Ault , National Accounts Manager – LM Glasfiber.
Attracting industries that produce wind energy components. What are the opportunities, how do these companies select industrial sites, and what are their workforce needs?
12:00 Q&A for Morning Speakers
Forming an Arkansas Wind Working Group: Jenny Ahlen, Renewable Energy Programs Coordinator, Arkansas Energy Office
1:15 Community Wind: Tom Wind , Iowa – wind industry consultant - Single Turbine Projects for Farms, Schools, Businesses, and Communities
-Interconnecting wind turbines to the existing grid
-Financing community wind projects
2:00 Tom Carnahan, Missouri, Siting a wind farm: Policy Issues, barriers to wind energy production, and financing models (land leasing, public/private partnership, private investment, sound and flicker issues, environmental concerns, legal and aesthetic issues associated with wind farms.)
2:45 Q&A for Afternoon Speakers
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