‘Wind Energy 101’ Jan. 7 at Freeport Public Library

From press release

FREEPORT, Ill.—“Wind Energy 101: From a Landowner’s Perspective” is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at the Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport. The workshop is designed to help landowners make informed decisions about wind energy developments and leases.

Over the past year, the Illinois Wind Working Group (IWWG) and University of Illinois Extension, with assistance from other groups, have coordinated eight of the forums across the state.

Registration begins at 1 p.m., and the program will run from 1:30 to 4 p.m. University educators and industry professionals will present a background overview of wind (economics, why wind, etc.), timeline for a wind development, agricultural issues related to wind development, and lease and contract issues.

“Wind energy in Illinois is going to experience explosive growth,” said Dr. David Loomis, director of the Center for Renewable Energy at Illinois State University. “Illinois recently surpassed the 1,000 MW mark for wind capacity in the state, and I see no end to the projects that are coming online.”

Stanley Solomon, University of Illinois engineering technology educator, said: “Landowners need to consider the long-term implications before signing a contract with a developer. While there are definite benefits to wind energy, the impacts on agriculture and future development of the land should be part of the decision. Limitations on locations and construction of new buildings, aerial crop spray applications, and practical cultivation equipment sizes are among the issues that should be considered.” These, and other issues, will be discussed during the workshops.

The early-registration deadline is Jan. 4, 2010, for the discount registration fee of $20. Late registration and at the door will be $25 based on available space. For more information or to register, contact the University of Illinois-Stephenson County at (815) 235-4125 or register online at http://stephenson.extension.uiuc.edu.

From the Dec. 9-15, 2009 issue

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