Saturday August 4, 2012

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- A national wind energy advocacy group is holding its first meeting in Massachusetts.

The three-day meeting of the North American Wind Energy Academy is scheduled to start Tuesday at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

The academy is an organization of universities, research laboratories and businesses dedicated to coordinating wind energy research and education activities to advance the state of wind energy technology and develop the next generation of engineers, researchers and scientists.

The first day features an all-day workshop on wind turbine modeling.

Other sessions will look at the meteorological challenges of wind and solar energy facilities, as well as discuss the federal government's visions for wind energy.

All workshops are scheduled to take place in the university's engineering labs on the north side of campus.