Windpower Conference 2009 Coming to Chicago

Chicago’s Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA), the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau (CCTB) and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) have announced that the Windpower 2009 Conference & Exhibition will be held in Chicago next year, at the McCormick Place Convention Center from May 4-7, 2009.

The Windpower Conference & Exhibition has become one of the most successful and fastest-growing industry shows in the United States. Sold exhibition space for Windpower 2009 already exceeds that of Windpower 2008, which was 85% larger than the previous year. Windpower was recently listed in Tradeshow Week magazine’s latest installment of its prestigious 50 Fastest-Growing Shows in North America.

“We are excited to be coming back to Chicago,” said Randall Swisher, AWEA’s executive director. (AWEA held WINDPOWER 2004 in Chicago.) “The ‘windy city’ offers an ideal mix of hospitality and exhibition facilities in a vibrant downtown setting. We’re excited to hold this event in a state that ranked in the top 5 for new wind project construction in 2007, and where new manufacturing jobs are being created thanks to this technology’s rapid expansion.”

According to estiamtes from AWEA, by 2025, Illinois could see US $8 billion in investment in new wind projects that would generate 4,000 megawatts (MW) of power to meet the state’s growing electricity demand and its renewable electricity standard. The state enacted a renewable electricity standard in 2007 requiring that 25% of all power for residential and small commercial customers be provided from renewable energy resources by 2025.

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