NRG Systems’ Jan Blittersdorf named chair of American Wind Wildlife Institute

first_imgNRG Systems Inc,Jan Blittersdorf, CEO/Owner of NRG Systems (www.nrgsystems.com(link is external)), was recently named chair of the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) (http://www.awwi.org/(link is external)). As a first order of business, Jan attended a meeting in February with top White House officials to discuss new wind energy siting guidelines issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. â ¢ The development, with the Nature Conservancy, of a unique landscape assessment tool designed to identify sensitive wildlife habitat and areas that are likely to have low wildlife risk where wind energy development could be prioritized;â ¢ Launch of pilot study to build a comprehensive research information system, gathering existing wind-wildlife data to support critical scientific research and analysis;â ¢ The release of Enabling Progress (http://www.awwi.org/initiatives/mitigation.aspx(link is external)), a report that provides a review of current wildlife related mitigation practices employed in the United States and how those practices might relate to future wind energy development.‘From the outset, Jan’s collaborative style and vision have provided clear direction to this group,’ says Abby Arnold, AWWI executive director. ‘With her as chair, we will continue to benefit from her leadership and advance our vision of furthering wind energy and addressing potential wildlife impacts.’Jan Blittersdorf previously served as AWWI vice chair.The eight non-profit partner organizations of AWWI include: Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club and Union of Concerned Scientists. In addition to NRG Systems, the remaining ten AWWI industry and utility partners include: American Wind Energy Association, BP Wind Energy, GE Energy, Horizon Wind Energy, Iberdrola Renewables, Pacific Gas & Electric, Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Ridgeline Energy, Shell WindEnergy, and Vestas Americas.For more information about American Wind Wildlife Institute, visit www.awwi.org(link is external).About NRG SystemsNRG Systems’ wind measurement equipment can be found on every continent in more than 140 countries, serving electric utilities, wind farm developers, research institutes, and government agencies. The Hinesburg (VT) company, founded in 1982, has been nationally recognized for its LEED gold-certified manufacturing facility and its employee best-practices. For more information on NRG Systems, Inc., visit www.nrgsystems.com(link is external).# # #last_img read more

Local youth gymnastics team ready to fly high this weekend

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — Last year was the first time in decades that a competitive gymnastics competition was held in Alpena.This weekend, Alpena AAU Gymnastic is hosting another meet at the APlex with teams coming from all over Michigan. These are some of the best young gymnasts in the state. The middle school and high school lady gymnasts will show off their routines and skills in competitions featuring the bars, beams, vaults, and floor. The team is hoping for a large turnout and community support for a successful meet.“Gymnastics hasn’t been around for a long time, and so a lot of people don’t know what it really consists of or what it’s all about, so I’ve had people come to the gym during practice and say “wow!” said Head Coach Geri Samp. “I didn’t realize the things you were doing here, so it’s just great to have the community see how hard these girls work.”The girls have been working hard and competing together for years. Jamie Beaubin is participating in her third competition this weekend. She’s excited to show the community what shes been working on before the big competition.“It definitely brings up your confidence to see that so many people want to see you do gymnastics and see you do your best,” said Gymnast Jamie Beaubin.Over 60 gymnasts will take the stages on Saturday. The first division of athletes will start at 12:45 P.M. and the more advanced division kicks off at 4:45 P.M. Admission is $5. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: AAU Gymnastics, aplex, Aplex Center, Competitive Gymnastics, gymnastics, YouthContinue ReadingPrevious Early Morning Talk with NMIGLSI 11-1-2018Next Schuette stops by Alpena in final days before midtermslast_img read more