Wind energy conference blowing into Indianapolis in 2021

A national renewable energy conference is expected to bring as many as 10,000 visitors to Indianapolis two years from now, state and industry officials announced Tuesday.

The American Wind Energy Association’s CleanPower conference and trade show will run from June 7-10, 2021, at the Indiana Convention Center. It will be the first time the event is hosted by Indianapolis.

Convention officials estimate the event will generate an economic impact of up to $10.5 million.

The event will be the second CleanPower conference—the first will be held in Denver in 2020—and will mark an evolution of the AWEA’s WindPower conference that began in 1974. The CleanPower conference will highlight wind energy, while also opening the floor to other renewable energy sources, including solar power.

“The great potential for renewables like wind energy in the state makes Indianapolis an ideal location for energy experts and exhibitors from across the country to meet and collaborate as America forges its clean-energy future,” said Jana Adams, an AWEA senior vice president, in a written statement.

Indianapolis was selected “over many competing destinations” because of the strength of the wind energy industry in the state, Visit Indy said in a statement.

The conference is expected to attract renewable energy experts from around the world, creating the opportunity for new partnerships and collaborations between different branches of the sector.

The announcement, made by AWEA executives, Visit Indy, and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, coincides with Gov. Eric Holcomb’s proclamation of Aug. 11-17 as American Wind Week in Indiana.

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