Gabriel Alonso, the incoming chairman of the board of directors at the American Wind Energy Association, presented five pillars for the industry at the opening session of the WINDPOWER 2013 Conference in Chicago. Alonso called on the attendees to "strengthen AWEA," adopt a proactive approach to communication, set a long-term plan for the industry, maintain unity and involve the public in spreading the benefits of wind power. Other speakers in the opening session included Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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