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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Program on Windmills Set for Thursday

(News Release)The Bradford Area Public Library, in conjunction with the Energy Institute at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, will offer a panel discussion on the subject of Windmills on Thursday evening at the library. Speakers representing a variety of perspectives will be featured at the event, which will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Matthew Kropf, Director of the American-Refining Group/Harry R. Halloran, Jr. Energy Institute and Assistant Professor of Petroleum Technology, will present an overview of the subject of wind power, including the costs and benefits of large-scale wind farms.

“Wind power is a growing component of our energy portfolio,” according to Kropf. “The purpose of a forum such as this is to enlighten the public about the many options that are coming into play, both with technology that is up and running and new ideas for the near future.”

Other speakers will include Lisa DiFrancisco, of REVision Consulting LLC, who will discuss the development of small sub-megawatt wind power plants. New technology in the field, including a gearless wind turbine, will be the topic presented by John West of New Tech Wind, Inc.

Rounding out the speakers list will be John Taucher, a water pollution biologist at the Pennsylvania Game Commission, who will discuss the PGC’s Wind Energy Voluntary Cooperative Agreement and the agency’s perspective on the impact of windmills on wildlife.

Dr. Stephen Robar, Director of the Environmental Studies program at Pitt-Bradford, is enthusiastic about the upcoming event. “This is a great example of the kind of forum which benefits Pitt-Bradford students as well as local residents,” he remarked. “It’s very fitting that it will be co-sponsored by the public library as well as the University’s Sustainability Committee and Energy Institute.”

The program is free and open to the public. Several types of refreshments will be served, including windmill cookies.

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