Energy Secretary Moniz to attend, speak at WINDPOWER 2015

IKEA’s Doug Greenholz joins Moniz as latest speakers coming to wind industry’s marquee annual event, now just 11 days away

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 8, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Energy has confirmed that Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will speak at WINDPOWER – the U.S. wind industry’s largest event all year. This will be the first time ever that the head of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) attends the annual conference and exhibition, which will be held this year in Orlando, Fla., May 18-21

Secretary Moniz will speak during the Welcome & Opening General Session on Tuesday, May 19, starting at 8:30 a.m. He is expected to discuss Wind Vision, the DOE’s definitive new report that shows how wind energy can create ample economic, environmental and health benefits and continue to provide key contributions to the nation’s energy portfolio. He will also explore advancements in wind turbine technology that could open up economic wind opportunities in many parts of the country.

Doug Greenholz, President of IKEA Property Inc., also confirmed he will be speaking during the Welcome & Opening General Session at WINDPOWER 2015. Greenholz manages IKEA’s 40 existing stores and support units in the U.S. He is expected to talk about IKEA’s investment in U.S. wind farms and wind energy across the globe. IKEA announced late last year the purchase of a 165-megawatt Texas wind farm, the single largest renewable energy investment made by the company ever. The company is one of many to recognize the benefits of stably-priced, affordable wind power in recent years.

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After adding 23,000 jobs in 2014 and with over $23 billion of private investment in new projects now under construction across 100 projects this year, the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) 2015 WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition is where all the action in the industry intersects and will be on full display.

WINDPOWER is where thousands of industry workers, company leaders, decision-makers, and over 400 exhibiting companies, including GE Power & Water, Siemens, and DNV GL, will gather for four days of high-level discussion, cutting-edge technology demonstrations, and nearly unlimited networking opportunities.

Press conference-style media availabilities are scheduled after the opening General Session and the Power Session on Day Two packed with top executives. AWEA will work directly with journalists to facilitate one-on-one interviews.

WINDPOWER will take place at Orlando Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida.

AWEA is the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry, with 1,000 member companies, including global leaders in wind power and energy development, wind turbine manufacturing, component and service suppliers, and the world’s largest wind power trade show, the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, which takes place next in Orlando, FL, May 18-21, 2015. AWEA is the voice of wind energy in the U.S., promoting renewable energy to power a cleaner, stronger America. Look up information on wind energy at the AWEA website. Find insight on industry issues at AWEA’s blog Into the Wind. Join AWEA on Facebook. Follow AWEA on Twitter.

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Wind power captures the natural wind in our atmosphere and converts it into mechanical energy then electricity. People started using wind power centuries ago with windmills, which pumped water, ground grain, and did other work. Today's wind turbine is a highly evolved version of a windmill. Modern wind turbines harness wind's kinetic energy and convert it into electricity. Most wind turbines have three blades and sit atop a steel tubular tower, and they range in size from 80-foot-tall turbines that can power a single home to utility-scale turbines that power hundreds of homes.

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