Speakers' Bureau

Join our Speakers' Bureau and help educate Iowans about wind energy – everything from developing a site to the benefits of wind enery.

Book a Speaker:
Please contact each speaker individually:
Scott G. Buchanan
Rich Dana
Steve Gruhn
Rob Hach
Kathleen K. Law
Jason William Oberg
Paul Rekow
Phil Stoffregen and Leanna Whipple
Leanna Whipple
 

Scott G. Buchanan
Email: sgb@buchlaw.com
Telephone: 515.295.3565
Availability: Year-round (call for specific dates)
Materials needed: I have Power Point slides so it is helpful to have a screen.
Other comments: I am available any time and any where. Reimbursement for travel expense is appreciated.
  • Landowner Issues regarding Wind Energy Easements and Leases.
    Developers craft agreements that shift a variety of risks to landowners that need to be recognized and avoided. Compensation varies but can be negotiated if properly approached.
  • Landowner Associations. Landowners’ best opportunity to maximize the return on the leasing of their wind resource is through getting organized and bargaining collectively. Forming and utilizing a landowners’ association can be vital to the success of that effort and may be useful even after the fact of an agreement.
Rich Dana
Email: richd@ncat.org
Telephone: 319.530.6051
Title/Business: Farm Energy Specialist & National Center for Appropriate Technology
Availability: Year-round
Days of week: All including weekends
Time of day: Any including evenings
Will travel to: Anywhere in the state of Iowa
Audio-Visual materials needed: PowerPoint
  • Small-scale wind Opportunities for Small Farms
    Since rural electrification, wind power use on American farms nearly disappeared. Now, a new generation of small wind turbines can provide power for many on-farm applications.
  • USDA Funding Opportunities for Small Farm Energy Projects
    The 2008 farm bill includes many grant opportunities for farmers to utilize wind and other renewable energy sources. Many small farmers may not be aware that they are eligible for these programs.
Steve Gruhn
Email: sgruhn@freedomfertilizer.com
Telephone: 712.330.3114
Title/Business: Freedom Fertilizer
Availability: Year-round (call for specific dates)
Days of week: All including weekends
Time of day: Any including evenings
Will travel to: Anywhere in the state of Iowa
Audio-Visual materials needed: PPT projector and screen
Other comments: Please contact me for availability $250 fee plus mileage
  • Wind to NH3 - Sustainable Ammonia Fertilizer Production
    PPT: The food production industry has become reliant on the availability of inexpensive fertilizer that allows high yield, intensive farming. These fertilizers are made via the reaction of nitrogen and hydrogen to synthesize ammonia. The source of hydrogen is petrochemicals. Nitrate fertilizers are extremely effective in increasing yield and food supply would decrease by around a factor of two without fertilizer use. Currently, food production rates are just sufficient to feed the current world population. Additional pressures such as growing population, the need for bio-fuels and changing diet will place additional stresses on food provision. However, ammonia synthesis is becoming increasingly expensive due to increasing gas and oil prices and the volume of fertilizer available decreases annually. In view that there is very little uncultivated land on which crops can be grown, the relationship of fertilizer production to food security is critical. That is why highlighting the problem and the need to provide alternative methods to increase yields as well as novel ammonia synthesis technologies such as the use of wind power to create ammonia fertilizer.
Rob Hach
Email: robhach@anemometry.com
Telephone: 712.200.2281
Availability: Year-round (call for specific dates)
Days of week: Tuesday thru Saturday
Time of day: Midday, Afternoon, Evening
Will travel to: Anywhere in the State
  • Community Based Wind Developments
    Wind projects where the farmers and landowners develop the project rather than waiting for a developer to find their land. What does a good CBED project look like? What does it take to put a CBED project together?
Kathleen K. Law
Telephone: 515.283.3116
Availability: Year-round (call for specific dates)
Days of week: All including weekends
Time of day: Evenings
Will travel to: Anywhere in the state of Iowa
Audio-Visual materials needed: PowerPoint
  • Wind Farm Easements/Leases
    Discuss provisions found in wind farm leases and easements.
  • Wind Farm Easements/Leases and Development from Developer's Perspective
  • Wind Farm Easements/Leases from Landowner's Perspective
  • Wind Energy Development in Iowa
Jason William Oberg
Email: jasono@dhblattner.com
Telephone: 320.248.8198
Availability: Year-round (call for specific dates)
Days of week: Monday - Friday
Time of day: Morning, Midday, Afternoon
Will travel to: Anywhere in the state of Iowa - call for other locations
Audio-Visual materials needed: PowerPoint
  • Engineer/Construction and Land Development
    Construction issues and foundation types
  • Surveying
    ALTA surveys: What are they? As-built surveys.
  • Micrositing with Digital Imagery/Remote Sensing
    Sound site development = light micrositing
Paul Rekow
Email: rekowjohnson@evertek.net
Telephone: 712.262.0121
Cell: 712.346.8764
Availability: Year-round (call for specific dates)
Days of week: Any day except Sunday
Time of day: Morning, Midday
Will travel to: Prefer northwest Iowa locations
  • Small Wind Installation Experience
    I have installed my own 10 KW wind turbine in Spencer, IA in December, 2007 and have collected detailed data since the installation.
Phil Stoffregen and Leanna Whipple
Email: pes@brownwinick.com & whipple@brownwinick.com
Telephone: 515.242.2415 & 515.242.2433
Title/Business: Attorneys at BrownWinick law firm
Availability: Year-round (call for specific dates)
Days of week: Monday - Friday
Time of day: Morning, Midday, Afternoon
Will travel to: Anywhere in the state of Iowa
  • Transmission-related Issue
    Transmission-related issues related to wind energy projects in Iowa, such as the franchise procedures before the Iowa Utilities Board.
Leanna Whipple
Email: whipple@brownwinick.com
Telephone: 515.242.2433
Title/Business: Attorney at BrownWinick law firm
Availability: Year-round (call for specific dates)
Days of week: Monday - Friday
Time of day: Morning, Midday, Afternoon
Will travel to: Anywhere in the state of Iowa
  • Wind Energy Legislation
    Discuss/summarize the new wind energy legislation that Iowa just passed.