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Colorado Governor Bill Owens. He and three other leading state political figures addressed the opening general session of the 2005 Wind Power conference in Denver. Colorado recently passed an important renewable energy portfolio standard that commits the state to generate 10% of its power from renewable energy by 2015. Photo credit: Denver Post.

Wind Power 2005: Seize the Wind

Opening remarks by Colorado political leaders at 2005 Wind Power conference in Denver

By EV World

Governor Bill Owens addressed the 2005 Wind Power conference in Denver, Colorado last month by paraphrasing the cartoon philosopher Pogo by telling the 4,000 attendees that "wind power is beleaguered by 'surmountable' opportunities".

That phrase, perhaps more than any other, captured the theme of the annual American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) conference and exhibition. The industry is growing by an amazing 25 percent annually on a global basis. Demand for turbines is out pacing supply as wind energy becomes the fastest way to add electrical generating capacity, and one of the most cost competitive.

But the economic and regulatory policies that impact the industry are -- in the United States, at least -- often as fickle and capricious aw the winds that drive its turbines. Beginning with this edition, EV World will present several webcasts from some of the presentations and press conferences recorded during Wind Power 2005.

We start off with the first four general sessions speakers: Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, Colorado Governor Bill Owens, U. S. Senator Ken Salazar and Congressman Mark Udall. Each man's remarks are relatively short, between 4 and 9 minutes. They set the tone for the conference and help define the issues facing the industry from a political perspective.

We will follow these with the opening keynote address by AWEA President Randal Swisher, which spells out in more detail the "surmountable opportunities" facing his association members: erratic federal tax policy, rising steel costs, unfair regulatory roadblocks, and a small, but vocal opposition.

To listen to the presentations, click on the MP3 players associated with each speaker, or download the individual files for later playback on your favorite MP3 device.

EV World wishes to thank the American Wind Energy Association for granting it permission to record the general sessions of the 2005 conference.

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Published: 09-Jun-2005

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