This summer the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) will host the largest ever international wind energy event with over 1,000 delegates expected to attend.Brussels, Belgium – January 23, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The 2003 European Wind Energy Conference (2003 EWEC) takes place in the Juan Carlos I Exhibition and Conference Center in Madrid, Spain from June 16 to 19. “This industry is experiencing tremendous growth but this is merely the beginning. The annual market for wind turbines could potentially reach €25 billion (US$25 billion) by 2010. 2003 EWEC presents a unique gathering of business people, policy makers, utilities, manufacturers, financiers, developers, technical experts and researchers to share knowledge and interact,” said Eddie O’Connor, conference chairman, vice president of EWEA, and managing director of Airtricity, Ireland. 2003 EWEC is supported by IDAE (the Spanish Energy Agency), APPA (the Spanish Renewable Energy Association) and the European Commission. “IDAE, a government business entity operating under the Ministry of Economy, is enthusiastic about collaborating in this event. It is a first-class opportunity to highlight Spain as one of the largest wind markets in the world, with unprecedented growth and over 300 companies already involved,” said Isabel Monreal Palomino, IDAE director general. “For Spain to host the 2003 EWEC, the most important international event in the field of wind power, is an honor and a challenge. Wind power will play a growing and leading role in the future energy supply for our continent and the rest of the world,” said José Folgado Blanco, secretary of state for Energy, Industrial Development and Small Businesses The 110 companies so far confirmed for the event include all major manufacturers (Bonus, Ecotecnia, Enercon, Gamesa, GE Wind Energy, Made, NEG Micon, Nordex, Vestas) as well as investors, project developers, materials and component manufacturers, researchers and technical advisers, utilities, public authorities, insurance companies, banks and environmental organizations. The conference program will include over 100 oral, 300 visual presentations and 14 parallel workshops, chosen from 600 submitted abstracts submitted by the world’s leading experts.