Wind and solar conference scheduled for Oct. 16-17 in Lincoln, Nebraska

The schedule for the 11th Annual Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference has recently been announced. The conference will be held Oct. 16 and Oct. 17 at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska and will feature experts from across the country and the state.

Conference Chair John Hansen said, “Nebraska wind and solar energy development is going through a remarkable period of growth and expansion. We have a lot of progress to report, as well as issues and opportunities to consider. Our “Nebraska Nice” approach to problem solving and networking is working.”

The conference will kick off with a keynote from Rob Chapman of the Electric Power Research Institute discussing the value of end-use technologies that efficiently amplify the benefits of cleaner power generation portfolios. The programming will continue with a look at the “Future of the Industry & Changing Landscape for Renewables” featuring Jeff Clark, president of The Wind Coalition. Afternoon sessions will include a luncheon with public power CEOs, as well as a policy and legislative update from state senators.

Dave Belote, former commander for Nellis Air Force Base, will get things started on the second day of conference programming, which will feature a lunch session and additional breakouts related to renewable energy as a tool for economic development. Additional topics include: an update on renewable projects in development, battery storage, planning and zoning, electric vehicles, Southwest Power Pool expansion, solar project development and the wind and solar construction workforce. The full conference schedule can be found at

Attendees will include private sector developers, public officials, landowners, environmental and wildlife organizations, public utilities and the public at large, among others. In addition to timely presentations, the conference will feature a tradeshow with exhibitors that include governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, vendors, developers and more.

More information and past presentations are available on the conference website at