Despite Devastating Impact of Sandy, Wind Energy Helps to Keep the Lights On in Northeast DWEA Members Report Little to No Impact on Wind Turbines along East Coast

Stories include little to no damage to members' wind turbines from North Carolina to New York, and beyond.

Flagstaff, AZ, November 15, 2012 - As most of the Northeast continues to

assess the devastation and damage to the area's infrastructure due to the
impact of Sandy, there was one part of the local energy-generating network
that suffered little to no damage: wind turbines. As the deadline to extend
the wind energy tax looms, the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA)
and other wind energy advocates are underscoring the importance of this
alternative energy platform as a reliable and sustainable source for small
business and home owners.

Up and down the coast, DWEA members have shared accounts of distributed wind
systems braving the storm in all impacted states. Stories include little to
no damage to members' wind turbines from North Carolina to New York, and

Mike Bergey, President of Bergey Windpower Co., had five 10 kW turbines
installed in Nags Head, North Carolina, including three turbines on
Jennette's Pier, which was directly impacted by Sandy. Bergey was pleased
to report that all five of his turbines survived the storm unscathed.
According to Bob Olivio in Villas, New Jersey, "I am on the Delaware Bay
approximately four miles from Cape May. I was here during the entire storm
with winds as high as 71 mph. I never powered my Skystream off, and am
pleased to report that it's still generating electricity today."

Based on wind speed data from the National Hurricane Center, turbines that
are engineered to withstand 120 mph winds would have easily weathered
Sandy's wrath but many business and home owners don't consider wind energy
as an alternative energy source until it's too late.

"We hope that citizens and business owners will consider the power of wind
energy as a tested and valuable source of energy to generate electricity.
When all else fails, wind energy has the ability to weather the storm and
keep the lights on," advocated Jennifer Jenkins, executive director, DWEA.
If you want to learn more about the benefits of wind energy and why it
should be considered a viable option for your home or business, please go to
DWEA's site found here.

About the Distributed Wind Energy Association The Distributed Wind Energy
Association is a collaborative group comprised of manufacturers,
distributors, project developers, dealers, installers, and advocates, whose
primary mission is to promote and foster all aspects of the American
distributed wind energy industry. Distributed wind, commonly referred to as
small and community wind, is the use of typically smaller wind turbines at
homes, farms, businesses, and public facilities to off-set all or a portion
of on-site energy consumption. DWEA seeks to attract members and associates
from all sectors with relevant interests pertaining to the distributed wind
industry. For more information on DWEA, please go to Follow us on Twitter @DWEA, find us, like us and
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