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Registration is Open for 2011 International Wind-Diesel Workshop March 8-11, Girdwood


The 2011 International Wind-Diesel Workshop, being held in Girdwood, Alaska March 8th-11th is just around the corner.  The last conference in Ottawa, Canada in 2009 was a great success and we look forward to another productive conference this year in Alaska.  The workshop will be offering FREE wind-diesel related short courses (including Wind-Diesel 101, Wind-Diesel 201, and HOMER trainings), numerous workshop opportunities, field trips to project sites at Kokhanok and Kodiak Island, and the expertise of a wide range of presenters and keynote speakers.  Please make your reservations soon as our conference is being held during Spring Break and rooms are filling up fast!   Detailed information is below and a revised draft agenda is attached. 

More information can be found at www.akwidac.com.   

Airfare

The 7% Discount Code - ECMA16 - has been activated and is available for booking online.  Travel dates are March 4, 2011 through March 16, 2011, and are valid between Anchorage and any Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air city.

Hotel

Alyeska Resort is located just 40 miles south of Anchorage, Alaska, in the town of Girdwood.  Located along the scenic Seward Highway, Alyeska Resort is the premier destination in Alaska for visitors and locals alike.  Nestled against the awe-inspiring Chugach Mountains, Alyeska offers year-round adventures and activities.  Alyeska is located in the town of Girdwood, part of the Municipality of Anchorage.  Alyeska Resort sits in the heart of Girdwood, a glacier covered valley.  To the west and north, the mountains of the Chugach State Park provide a stunning backdrop over Alyeska.  At 495,000 acres, it is the third largest state park in the U.S.

In order to receive the discounted rate of $139 state that you are part of the "2011 International Wind-Diesel Workshop" when making your reservation.  Stay tuned to receive information on discounted lift tickets!


Site Visits to Kokhanok and Kodiak

LOGISTICS

Hotel Accommodations: Hotel accommodations for the evenings of Friday 11th and Saturday 12th would be most conveniently booked at the Crown Plaza Hotel at 109 International Airport Rd.  Refer to the 2011 International Wind-Diesel Workshop to receive the discounted rate of $99/night.  For reservations call 1-877-270-1393.

Kokhanok Flight Details: The flight will be chartered at a cost of $275 per passenger.  Therefore, payment needs to be submitted during registration in order to confirm your seat (limited to 32 passengers)..  If you have already registered but have not paid for this flight, you will be contacted to make a payment to confirm your seat.  The ground time in Kokhanok will be approximately 3 hours and will include a tour of the wind farm, power plant and the concurrent Winter Carnival!  Your seat must be paid for by February 26th or it will be opened up to a waitlist.

Kodiak flight details: For your flight reservations please go to www.alaskaair.com for airfare from Anchorage (ANC) to Kodiak (ADQ). Flights are currently available for $210.  The outbound flight 47 will arrive in Kodiak at 7:45am and inbound flight 40 will leave Kodiak at 5:00pm.  Additional flights are available throughout the day, but they are more expensive and are operated by ERA (which can still be booked using www.alaskaair.com).  Please do not forget to use the Workshop Flight Discount Code to receive the 7% discount  - ECMA16. 

Poster Session

This year at the International Wind-Diesel Workshop, for the first time ever, there will be a poster session.  These posters will be in a highly visible setting and will begin the development of a documented wind-diesel knowledge base.  The poster session will provide an excellent opportunity to let other researchers and other wind-diesel stakeholders understand ongoing and relevant research and development.   Please send an email to confirm that you are interested in preparing a poster or posters.  The  guidelines are very basic:  you can either create an actual poster or print out a paper which can be placed on poster board.   So email kmkeith@alaska.edu and reserve your poster space!


James Jensen
Wind Energy Program Manager
Alaska Energy Authority
813 W. Northern Lights Blvd.
Anchorage, AK 99503
(907)771-3043



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