ACGF sponsoring 8th Annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference in Omaha, NE November 4-5, 2015

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WILCOX, NE – American Corn Growers Foundation (ACGF) Chairman Gale Lush of Wilcox, Nebraska is pleased to announce that the ACGF will be a Kilowatt sponsor of the 8th Annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference to be held November 4-5, 2015 at the Hilton Omaha Downtown at 1001 Cass St. in Omaha, Nebraska.

“The ACGF’s Wealth From The Wind (WFTW) stakeholder engagement outreach program has led the rural and farm sector on wind energy policy development since 1999. ACGF has been a sponsor of the Nebraska wind and renewable energy conference since its inception eight years ago,” said Lush. “ACGF Project Director Dan McGuire is Co-Chair of the Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference. He also participated in every national WINDPOWER conference from 2002-2014 for ACGF, gathering industry, government and policy information to share with Nebraska farm organizations and political leaders. ACGF has led on wind energy education and Nebraska leads the nation with twenty-five K-12 rural schools in the Wind for Schools (WFS) program. McGuire has been the Nebraska WFS Facilitator since the program was launched in 2007 with the Wind Applications Center at the University of Nebraska College of Electrical Engineering.”

“ACGF led initiatives in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, South Dakota, Michigan, Ohio, Maine and especially Nebraska, so it’s great to see Nebraska moving forward with wind energy development since our policy work began here in1999-2000,” said McGuire. “Initially, we reached the public, state policy leaders and school officials directly and by using the Rural Radio Network. ACGF’s exhibit at Husker Harvest Days played a major role. The state conference is now a key forum. Essential wind energy information can also be found via the U.S. Department of Energy’s WINDExchange Newsletter at http://apps2.eere.energy.gov/wind/windexchange/news/. While their February 4, 2015 report only shows 812 megawatts (MW) of 2014 year-end capacity in Nebraska, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) 2nd quarter 2015 report shows more Nebraska capacity going online and more under construction in 2015 as seen in the accompanying AWEA project map. More updates on Nebraska wind and solar development will be provided at the November 4-5, 2015 conference in Omaha. Those interested can register online at www.NebraskaWindandSolarConference.com.”

“The ACGF accelerated Nebraska wind energy development by bringing Minnesota wind policy and development pioneer Dan Juhl to the state in the early 2000’s to meet with public power officials and members of the Nebraska Legislature. We also brought Nebraska farm and rural organizations onboard,” said Lush. “Mr. Juhl had been working with ACGF in Iowa and other states. He introduced Nebraska leaders to the Community Based Wind Energy Development (CBED) model which was unanimously passed into law by the Legislature in 2007. Surrounding states have developed wind energy faster than Nebraska which is keeping their electric rates lower. Much more Nebraska wind and solar development needs to be done to lower our electric rates, to help reduce the property tax burden and to increase jobs and income, especially now with farm income under stress.”