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Wind energy jobs sought at Dallas trade show

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State economic development officials will blow into Dallas next week to attend the nation's top trade show for wind energy, Windpower 2010.

They'll be trying to lasso additional wind-energy firms to Indiana, which in 2009 ranked second among states in adding wind generation.

More than 1,300 exhibitors and 23,000 national and international "wind-energy leaders" are expected to attend the event.  

Indiana now has a handful of wind farms, mostly in the northern half of the state. Coal-powered utilities, including Indianapolis Power & Light and Duke Energy Corp., buy a tiny sliver of their power from Hoosier farms but are expected to pursue more wind energy as Congress contemplates financial penalties for carbon-dioxide emissions.

“With the work force and logistics infrastructure already in place, we will continue to promote Indiana's assets in wind power," Indiana Secretary of Commerce Mitch Roob said in a prepared statement.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. and the Indiana Office of Energy Development note that the state also has a budding wind-turbine-component industry and existing manufacturers with the capability of producing components.

The delegation attending the trade show will include representatives of IEDC, Duke Energy, Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative Inc., Ice Miller LLP, Krieg DeVault LLP and Indy Partnership

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