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Register Now for Wind Energy Symposium Aug. 13-14


August 7, 2009 — Aug. 7, 2009 -- Space is limited at an upcoming symposium focusing on
the challenging issues surrounding wind energy development in Wyoming,
and members of the public, civic leaders, industry representatives and
others interested in the subject are encouraged to register now to
attend the event.

More than 450 participants have already registered for the Wyoming Wind
Symposium which is free, but registration is encouraged.

Gov. Dave Freudenthal will convene stakeholders at the University of
Wyoming's Union Ballroom on Aug. 13-14 for in-depth examination and
discussion of the possible economic, physical and cultural impacts of
wind development on the state's landscape, its wildlife and the people
who live here.

"There is clearly a lot of interest in this discussion, and we've
had a strong response from a diverse group of stakeholders. We encourage
people to register for the symposium soon to ensure that we can
accommodate them," said Temple Stevenson, a natural resources policy
analyst for Gov. Freudenthal who is organizing the event.

Continuing legal education credits are available to Wyoming attorneys
who attend.

Among the topics to be examined in depth at the symposium are the
implications of federal policy, project siting and development strategy,
transmission development and the impacts on Wyoming's natural
resources including its land and water, wildlife and cultural and
historic sites.

Highlights of the conference include a keynote address by Gov.
Freudenthal, who will discuss the broader issues posed by wind
development and transmission infrastructure. Steve Black, counselor to
the Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of the Interior, will follow the
governor's address with a discussion of the federal government's
perspective on wind energy development.

"As this boom in wind development unfolds in Wyoming, our state is
balanced on the ‘razor's edge' with respect to sage grouse and
other sensitive wildlife species and our economic sustainability and
private property rights," the governor said. "I encourage the public
and state and local leaders to engage in this important discussion."

To register for the conference, contact Abbi Crank at
acrank@state.wy.us, (307-777-8525)