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ACMA Briefs Congressional Staff on Composites in Wind Energy

07 May 2010

At the invitation of the Congressional Composites Caucus, the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) have briefed Congressional staff on the important role that composites play in developing the US wind energy generating capability.

The briefing, held in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. on April16, included presentations from three composites industry experts on wind energy: Cheryl Richards, Global Market Development Manager - Wind Energy, PPG Industries Inc.; Peter Emrich, Vice President – Technology, Molded Fiber Glass Companies, and Bob Lindyberg, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Director for Boatbuilding and Composites, University of Maine, AEWC Center.

The three wind energy experts provided information on the enabling role composites play in wind energy, the development of composites technology to address the need of wind energy generation, the employment provided by composite manufacturers, the future of wind energy--including off-shore installations, and the need for a consistent national policy on renewable energy.

“Composites are the materials that will allow the wind energy market to grow. The jobs this will create throughout the supply chain will give a tremendous boost to our economy provided we see a National Renewable Electricity Standard—a policy that can drive the continued investment and subsequent installations and growth in the market place,” says Cheryl Richards, PPG Industries. “The U.S. incubated the wind energy industry and other regions grew it. We cannot be left behind other regions of the world that have made expanding wind energy a priority.”

“Composites are essential to meeting the growing need for wind energy,” says ACMA Chief Staff Executive Tom Dobbins, CAE. “As the demand for wind energy grows, so too will the demand for composites, which are used to make everything from rotor blades, hubs and nacelles to the towers for wind turbines. Composites are lightweight, corrosion resistant and strong materials that are ideal for manufacturing wind turbines.”

This was the third briefing event organized by the Congressional Composites Caucus to educate Members of Congress and their staff on the advantages of using composites for important end-market applications. Reps. Joe Wilson (SC-02) and Rick Boucher (VA-09) are co-chairs of the Congressional Composites Caucus.

The Congressional Composites Caucus is an organization of members of the House of Representatives who want to learn more about the important products made by the composites industry and the employment and economic activity generated by the industry in their districts. More information about the Caucus, including the current list of Caucus members and events, is available at the link below.





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