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WINDPOWER: wind energy from a national perspective

4 months ago | Jun 12, 2017
By: Olga Khakova

CEP’s Clean Energy Business Council assisted with the KS Department of Commerce’s booth at the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) WindPower annual conference.  As attendees stopped by the booth to admire the map of Kansas wind farms, we were proud to share that KS wind comprises 29.6% of state’s energy generation, leading the nation in new wind energy added in 2016.  We had engaging discussions about what it would take to keep the momentum going with companies who are exploring expansion in the state. Transmission capacity was a concern for quite a few businesses ready to further their renewable investments in the Midwest. Thankfully, our CEBC Founding Member - Clean Line Energy Partners is working hard to overcome that barrier.

One of my favorite sessions concentrated on corporate wind procurement. Panelists from EDF Renewable Energy, General Motors, Microsoft, Invenergy and many more discussed why businesses are choosing to invest in renewable energy and the creative ways they procure clean energy. Microsoft’s KS Bloom Wind project was recognized as the "North American Wind Deal of the Year.” What we heard:

  • Corporate buyers are hungry for renewable energy

  • Wind developers are eager to build new projects

  • States with welcoming legislative and regulatory environments will be winners in the advanced energy economy!


In between staffing the booth, attending educational sessions, and networking, we did carve out a little time for fun: touring the Angel Stadium, walking around the WINDPOWER exhibit, and hosting an engaging reception with the Kansas Department of Commerce and Clean Energy Business Council members. Kansas wind trivia was a popular activity, and everyone enjoyed the Free State t-shirts and gift-certificates as prizes.















Upcoming Events:


  • 2017 Kansas Energy Conference is September 26-27th in Wichita, KS. Stay posted for a stellar agenda and more details on the conference.  Clean Energy Business Council Members receive conference attendance, exhibitor, and sponsorship discounts.


  • If this blog has encourages you to attend WINDPOWER next year, make sure to save those dates on your calendar: May 7 – 10, 2018 Chicago, IL


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