Michael Bergey, co-founder and president of Bergey Wind Power, is a mechanical engineer and an internationally recognized expert in the field of small wind turbines, distributed generation, and rural electrification. He has authored more than 70 technical papers and articles in the field, provided testimony to Congress, and serves as a consultant to numerous government and international agencies. He holds one patent in the wind energy field. Bergey also served as president of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) twice and has served as a board member for 26 years. In 1994 he was recognized as AWEA’s “Wind Industry Man of the Year”.