Awea’s Windpower 2008 Conference & Exhibition

Thousands of wind industry leaders are expected to attend Awea’s Windpower 2008 Conference & Exhibition, June 1 - 4, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. Reflecting the dynamic expansion of wind power in the U.S., more than 3,200 are already registered, and over 675 companies have reserved booths in a show floor that is over a quarter of a mile long. In all, WINDPOWER is expected to draw well over 8,000 attendees and 700 exhibitors, making it one of the world's largest wind energy industry events, with three days of conference sessions, an interactive tradeshow of wind energy products and services, and numerous networking opportunities among leaders in all facets of the wind industry.

Gathering in Texas, the nation's number one market for wind power, attendees will learn about industry successes as well as what actions are required to solidify wind energy's critical position in the U.S. energy mix. The Texas market illustrates many of the factors involved in bringing large amounts of wind to the power grid. The state hosts about 4, 400 megawatts (MW) of wind power – 1,618 MW of which was installed in 2007 – and more than 1,500 MW are expected to be added in 2008. One megawatt is enough to serve the equivalent of 250 to 300 homes.

WINDPOWER 2008's exhibitors – turbine manufacturers, component manufacturers, meteorologists, materials manufacturers, project developers, and many more – will fill the spectacular exhibition hall with a full array of products and service demonstrations. The hall will host several large wind turbine components, and two 70-meter-long turbine blades will be displayed outdoors on Discovery Green, located right across the street from the George R.Brown Convention Center.

The WINDPOWER conference program, "Wind: Thriving at the Epicenter of Energy, " features the following confirmed speakers The Honorable Rick Perry, Governor of Texas; The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius, Governor of Kansas; The Honorable Bill White, Mayor of Houston; Thomas C. Dorr, Under Secretary for Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

They join a total of 300 speakers and moderators, 150 poster presentations, and over 50 sessions addressing topics organized into six daily "tracks": Finance, Wind Power Growth, Resource Assessment, Policy, Key Issues, and Wind at the Epicenter.

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