News Advisory: Great Lakes Wind Collaborative

Assignment editors and reporters, please note for your coverage and travel planning

News Release: August 26, 2010

Event: Great Lakes Wind Collaborative 3rd Annual Meeting
When: Monday, September 20, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Tuesday, September 21, 8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Location: Thwing Center Ballroom, campus of Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.
For Great Lakes Wind Collaborative - Becky Pearson or John Hummer (both 734-971-9135).

For Case Western Reserve University – Marv Kropko (216-368-6890) or Kevin Mayhood (216-368-4442). Great Lakes Energy Institute, Dianne Anderson (216-368-0748).

1) A conference reception is being planned for Sunday, September 19, at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland. Please check the GLWC home page for a full program agenda as details are finalized.
2) Although there is a fee for those attending, there is no charge for media with proper identification who make coverage arrangements in advance of the event.

Background information:

As the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative (GLWC) brings its annual meeting for the first time to Cleveland, considerable growth has occurred in the wind energy industry in North America. Plans now exist for development of an offshore wind farm in Lake Erie; other offshore proposals are being considered in other parts of the Great Lakes basin as well.

Onshore wind development also continues to burgeon throughout the region. However, there remain a number of impediments to sustainable development of wind energy at a capacity sufficient to meet the renewable energy goals within the United States and Canada.

Through its multi-sectored structure, GLWC works with member organizations to address wind energy issues on a regional scale. The GLWC's 3rd Annual Meeting will bring together representatives of American and Canadian federal agencies, state/provincial and local governments, the wind industry, electric utilities, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and other interested stakeholders to discuss and address issues regarding the sustainable development of wind energy in the Great Lakes region.

Founded in 2008, the GLWC is a multi-sector coalition of wind energy stakeholders working to facilitate the sustainable development of wind power in the binational Great Lakes region. The group reaches across sectors and disciplines to identify and address the technical, environmental, regulatory, educational and financial issues related to the deployment of wind energy resources. Members include representatives from a wide spectrum of interests throughout the Great Lakes region.

Serving as the secretariat to the GLWC, the Great Lakes Commission promotes the orderly, integrated and comprehensive development, use and conservation of the water and related natural resources of the Great Lakes basin and St. Lawrence River. Its members include the eight Great Lakes states with associate member status for the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Québec.

The Great Lakes Energy Institute at Case Western Reserve University supports faculty by linking energy research to industry needs and economic development initiatives. In October 2009, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and Board of Regents Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut designated Case Western Reserve as one of Ohio’s Centers of Excellence in Advanced Energy.

Posted by: Marvin Kropko, August 26, 2010 08:17 PM | News Topics: Official Release