Press Release: Wind Energy Facts and a Snapshot of Ten Years of Media Coverage on Wind Energy to be Presented at Upcoming Renewable Energy Conference in Burlington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
Gabrielle Stebbins, Executive Director
gabrielle@revermont.org
Office: (802) 229-0099

Burlington, VT — September 30, 2014 — Large-scale wind farms are one of our most affordable and environmentally benign forms of electric generation.  Yet what is reported in the media rarely reflects the scientific and economic facts of this energy source, including Vermonters support for wind energy as evidenced by polling data.  This year’s renewable energy conference offers attendees not only an overview of wind energy facts, but also highlights how local media reporting on wind energy has changed over the last decade.

Scientists will be presenting factual data on wildlife protection strategies and wind sound.  What are wind farms doing currently to protect wildlife – especially rare and charismatic birds and bats? What does the science say about sound emanating from wind projects? Meteorologists will present on the vital role that wind resource assessment plays in the development of a successful wind power facility, highlighting a case study of a Vermont wind project. 

Finally, “Changing Actors and Discourse: An Analysis of Ten Years of Media Coverage In Vermont’s Wind Power Debate” provides a greater understanding on this issue.  Analysts will show how wind opposition arguments have changed over time. Scholars will illustrate how media portrayal of Vermont’s wind debate differs from polling data over the same period.

About Renewable Energy 2014 (RE 2014)

RE 2014 is Vermont’s annual convention bringing together key players in the clean energy sector. The conference will be held on October 16 & 17 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, VT.

The conference includes more than 25 sessions featuring 65 expert speakers from throughout the region. The tradeshow floor will feature some 50 exhibitors and the latest technologies, products and services. This year’s conference theme is “Leading the Change in Energy.” Sessions will highlight current energy challenges, Vermont’s leadership role in the energy industry, and the steps needed to implement an integrated energy infrastructure. Continuing legal education credits are available.  More information at www.revconference.org

About Renewable Energy Vermont (REV)

REV is Vermont’s only non-profit, non-partisan renewable energy trade association working to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and expanding the availability of renewable sources of energy throughout the state and region.

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