Thursday, September 17th 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
If we have reached peak oil production, what does the future
look like? Are hilltop views and unsegmented large track forest
areas to be potentially impacted for wind energy? What can
neighborhoods and individuals do to capture wind energy? What
are other future trends in our energy future? Read more about
these questions by following these links.
The bar opens at 6:30 p.m. Grab a drink and a table, or
mingle a while.
Discussion starts at 7 p.m. with expert David Blittersdorf, CEO,
Earth Turbines, Inc. Founder/Co-owner, NRG Systems.
As the founder of NRG Systems, a leading manufacturer of wind
measuring technology, David Blittersdorf is no stranger to the
wind energy industry. In 1982 when he founded NRG Systems, the
wind energy industry was just in its infancy. But Blittersdorf’s
interest in wind actually began many years earlier. As a child,
he grew up near the site of the world’s first commercial wind
turbine in Pittsford, Vermont. As a teen, his early driving
years were hampered by the gas shortages of the Arab Oil
Embargo. (He began tinkering with model wind turbines for fun.)
During his senior year of college, he built a home wind turbine
for his engineering project.
As CEO/president for Earth Turbines, Blittersdorf brings his
engineering expertise, wind industry knowledge and his passion
for creating clean energy solutions to homeowners everywhere.
Blittersdorf is board member and treasurer of the Small Wind
Certification Corporation (SWCC), a non-profit formed to develop
industry-wide small wind turbine standards. He is executive
board member, treasurer and past president of the American Wind
Energy Association (AWEA), and executive board member, founding
member and past chair of Renewable Energy Vermont (REV). David
is also on the Board of Advisors for the University of Vermont
Rubenstein School of Natural Resources, the Vermont
Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC), and the Union of
Concerned Scientists. Blittersdorf is on the Board of Advisors
for the SUNY-Canton Engineering School, and is a board member of
Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG). He is a
University of Vermont graduate with a bachelor's degree in
mechanical engineering. David and his wife Jan have a son, Evan,
and a daughter, Alyssa. In his spare time, Blittersdorf enjoys
the wind for yet another activity: hang gliding.