Sunday, June 01, 2008

WINDPOWER 2008!

I’m in hot-hot-hot Houston, Texas for the 2008 WINDPOWER Conference and Expo (after temperature highs in the 70s in Minnesota, this 97 degree stuff is going to melt me). WINDPOWER is sponsored by the American Wind Energy Association and is the largest wind power gathering in the world - and it’s on the grow. One of the conference organizers told me last year’s Los Angeles event saw about 7,000 attendees and this year they’re expecting 12,000. Wow.

Wind power companies, developers, manufactures and others are here from all over the world: Germany, Spain and China are a few I’ve seen so far. But attendees don’t have to pour through the long list of exhibitors trying to find a relevant company: there are kiosks set up in the exhibit hall where you can enter in keywords of the type of business you’re looking for (e.g. “turbine blade manufacturer”) and the computer will give you a list of companies that fit that description and their booth number. So no wandering the aisles. Technology is great!

Tonight was the opening reception and tomorrow begins the conference learning sessions and exhibits. I’ll be liveblogging and Twittering throughout the day, and I’m scheduled to interview a few renewable energy policy movers and shakers, so stay tuned.

And if you or your company are out here, I’d love to stop by your booth - just leave a comment and let me know.

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