Other wind energy events planned in West Michigan

July 20, 2010
| By Pete Daly |
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Two other gatherings focused on the future of commercial wind-generated electricity are scheduled in West Michigan over the next several days, one at MAREC in Muskegon July 22, and the other in Grand Rapids July 28.

Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon, along with NRG Bluewater Wind, are jointly hosting the July 22 seminar. Arn Boezaart, executive director of MAREC, said the gathering is by invitation only and will include companies in business sectors and industries that may be interested in becoming involved in commercial wind generation development in Michigan.

NRG Bluewater Wind, owned by NRG Energy Inc. of Princeton, N.J., is a major offshore wind power developer actively involved in several projects, including one on the coast of Delaware that is planned to generate up to 200 megawatts of power.

“Bluewater has indicated that it wants to be involved in preparing the Great Lakes area for eventual development of offshore wind, on the Great Lakes. They are looking at the Great Lakes, perhaps, as their next opportunity beyond the work they are doing on the Atlantic coast,” said Boezaart.

The Wind Energy Supply Chain Summit July 28 is hosted by The Right Place and open to any interested company, although there is a fee to attend. The summit is in response to a growing amount of wind turbine manufacturing and turbine component manufacturing in the U.S., which is opening up supplier opportunities to many types of manufacturing companies.

It will be a day-long event at the GVSU Eberhard Center, with key speakers that include executives from the American Wind Energy Association, a national trade association of America’s wind industry with more than 2,500 members. Other speakers will include Dan Radomski of Kinetik Partners, and Doug Parks, senior vice president of business development and attraction at the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Kinetik is “an experienced clean energy consulting firm specializing in technology commercialization,” according to its website.

Success stories from Michigan wind generation industry suppliers will be shared at the supply chain summit, along with insight into the wind turbine manufacturing industry.

The deadline for registration for the Wind Energy Supply Chain Summit is July 23. To register and for more information, see www.rightplace.org and click on “Events.”

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