Wind Development Presentation October 16th 2pm-4pm at the University Center

Mike Carlson of the USDA, Eastern Plains RC&D in Sidney, MT, and New Harvest Energy will be making a presentation entitled "Wind Development in Eastern Montana". Mike has worked for many years to help increase awareness of the wind development opportunities available in the Eastern part of the state. His main focus has been on assisting rural landowners to diversify their economic opportunities by developing their wind resource.

The presentation will be held Thursday, October 16th from 2 pm - 4 pm in UC Room 333, third floor of the University Center on the Mountain Campus.

Mike's Description of the Presentation:This presentation will discuss the tremendous wind resource we have in this state and especially in the rural areas. I will discuss the tools and techniques we need to use to investigate this wind resource and the research data that needs to be done first. I will present the four major challenges this state has to overcome to fully develop our wind energy projects. I will show some of the grass roots research being done in the eastern part of Montana and the impressive results. The many benefits of wind development to our small counties to improve our tax base and future jobs in this emerging energy field will be discussed. My hope is to stimulate the university system to help with research and development of Montana's wind for future jobs and improved economic development. I also will stress the need for enhanced educational opportunities through our community and major colleges in this state for wind energy development.

Anemomter "Raising" -- Updated!

Brian Kerns of Alternative Energy Technologies is planning to install one anemometer tower on Waterworks Hill this Thursday, 10/2/08, with assistance from Sonny Kless and some other motivated EVST students. He welcomes interested students in the Energy Tech program to come along and join in. Activities will commence at 10:00 a.m. at the northern terminus of the Waterworks ridge trail, where you would run into a fence line if you kept going straight north. It’s a bit over a mile hike from the usual trailhead off Greenough Drive. Alternatively, folks could car pool over to the Randolf Homestead out near the landfill but parking is constrained there and issues with surrounding landowners make this the less preferable option. Brian will access the site with a vehicle from the Randolf property but one vehicle will be permitted up this road. The hike from either point is about the same. It will likely take 4 to 5 hours to get this installed. It will be a good hands-on learning experience about the practical and sometimes sweaty work that goes into renewable energy projects. Contact Brian Kerns either via email or at the office phone 532-3228 so he knows how many may be attending. If you come, bring work gloves, sturdy shoes, and work clothing. Bring water and maybe a snack. Event may be postponed due to weather.

MREA Presentation - Renewable Energy in Montana: Solar Electricity, Solar Hot Water and Small Wind Generation

The Montana Renewable Energy Association and NorthWestern Energy are sponsoring a presentation on October 8th from 7 pm-9 pm at the Best Western Grant Creek Inn in Missoula. Christopher Borton, of Sage Mountain Center in Whitehall and the MREA VP, will discuss solar electricity, solar hot water and small wind generation. This will be an excellent opportunity to network and a great chance to find out the installers perspective on trends in renewable energy for Montana.

MREA Meeting and Presentation

The Montana Renewable Energy Association (MREA) will hold its monthly meeting on October 8th, 12:30 -4:30, at COT W. campus in room TT11. The meeting is open and free to the public, and they are keen to welcome any and all students who are interested in learning more about RE businesses in MT. Students need not attend the entire meeting, and can stop in as their schedules permit. It’s a great networking opportunity for those who think they might want to work in RE in Montana. More information on MREA is available through the Montana Green Power website.

A seminar presentation will take place the evening Oct. 8th from 7-9 pm at the Best Western Grant Creek Inn. The topic is Renewable Energy in Montana: Solar Electricity, Solar Hot Water, and Small Wind Generation. It is free and sponsored by NorthWestern Energy. The presenter is Chris Borton of Sage Mountain Center and MREA VP.

Alternative Fuels Vehicle Day

On October 3rd, Paul Williams of MonTec is organizing an alternative Fuels Vehicle Day on the Mountain Campus. Paul will be focusing on innovations within the transportation sector so if you are interested in getting involved, he is still looking for volunteers to help set up the event and possibly assist with running certain aspects. Please contact him at if you are available to volunteer.

University of Montana Technology Day

The fourth annual UM Technology Day will be held on Wednesday, September 10, in the University Center Ballroom from 10:00 to 5:00. Vendors attending this year will be from Adobe, Apple, CDW, Dell, Lenovo, the Bookstore at UM and new this year, InFocus with their projectors and Tripp Lite with power protection appliances from surge protectors to data center accessories. Also featured again this year will be technology displays by UM organizations such as Media Arts, SpectrUM, the School of Education, and the College of Technology. For further information contact Mike Miller at UM, 243-4967 ( or Tom Gallagher at the College of Technology, 243-7814 (