The second annual WIndiana conference opens today, July 21, at the Indianapolis Convention Center (full agenda).  The 2-day conference focuses on wind resources in Indiana for both utility level wind development, urban or smaller wind power, helping Indiana manufacturers enter or expand their presence in the wind industry supply chain, and what the future holds for the wind industry in the state. Both Governor Mitch Daniels and Lt. Governor Becky Skillman are addressing the conference.

Along with general sessions, WIndiana includes two separate tracks, Wind Resources and Indiana’s Wind Supply Chain. The three supply chain sessions will include topics such as Indiana Site Selection for Manufacturing Opportunities, Supply Chain Basics, and Supply Chain Nuts and Bolts.

The American Wind Energy Association has ranked Indiana as the fastest-growing state for wind energy in 2008 and by the end of 2009, Indiana is on track for growth this year of more than 600%, which would again lead the nation. Indiana is on track to have 5,000 MW of wind capacity by 2013 and Indiana has thus far made good use of its endowments, and its current installed wind power capacity ranks it 14th among states.

Indiana is ranked sixth in the nation for manufacturing job creation in the wind industry. There are 45,794 Hoosiers working in jobs directly related to the renewable energy industry, generating $11.17 Billion in annual output, which is over 2 percent of Indiana’s total output.

Additional information is available at the OED Web site, www.energy.IN.gov.

Source: Inside INdiana Business