The Clean Energy Council’s inaugural Wind Industry Forum in Melbourne was a sell-out yesterday, with 200 industry professionals fronting up to get the latest insights from some of the leading experts in their fields.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive David Green said the turn-out showed the industry potential that was poised to be unlocked once the legislated review of the Renewable Energy Target was completed.

“The current review of the Renewable Energy Target is making it difficult to get finance for major projects due to the uncertainty created by that process,” Mr Green said.

“The strong attendance and engagement levels at the 2014 Wind Industry Forum clearly show that this is an industry that is hungry and ready to get down to business.

“Those attending were clearly passionate about ensuring they have the latest technical expertise at their fingertips so they can build cutting-edge wind projects to the highest possible standards.”

Ken McAlpine, Chair of the Clean Energy Council Wind Directorate and Director of Public Affairs at Vestas said the Wind Industry Forum was ‘a great event for us all to develop our ability to deliver high-quality projects in a safe and efficient way’.

“The wind energy industry has come a long way in Australia in a relatively short time, but we can always learn more from each other and that is what the Wind Industry Forum is all about,” Mr McAlpine said.

Delegates at the Wind Industry Forum yesterday learned about everything from 'When is an orange-bellied parrot really a black swan?' to lessons from offshore wind farms that can be applied to the onshore variety, as well as sessions on special audible characteristics.

Mr Green said the Renewable Energy Target had already delivered more than $18 billion in private investment, with another $18 billion projected if the policy can be locked in and allowed to continue doing what it does best – deliver renewable energy at the lowest possible cost to Australia.

“Producing power from our world-class sunshine, wind, waves, hot rocks and bioenergy resources makes sense to most Australians. Multiple opinion polls have shown that more renewable energy is something people across all political parties want.”

The Clean Energy Council would like to thank the event’s Gold Sponsor Vestas and Silver Sponsor Senvion (formerly REpower).

Please contact Clean Energy Council Media Manager Mark Bretherton on 0413 556 981 for more information or to arrange an interview.