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Joint USDA-DOE National Renewable Energy Conference

Jennifer Martin, CSREES Staff, (202) 720-8188

August 28, 2006

Registration is now open for Advancing Renewable Energy: An American Rural Renaissance, a national renewable energy conference hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on October 10-12, 2006, at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The conference will focus on achieving goals outlined in President Bush’s Advanced Energy Initiative (AEI), which seeks to change the way we power our cars, homes, and businesses through the use of alternative energy sources.

Advancing Renewable Energy is designed to help create and strengthen partnerships and strategies necessary to accelerate commercialization of renewable energy industries and distribution systems, the crux of President Bush’s AEI. The conference will specifically focus discussions on biomass, wind and solar research and commercialization. USDA and DOE expect the conference to identify critical pathways, and to make recommendations to help accelerate renewable energy technology development. The conference also will examine incentives to help reduce risk for investors and developers in the marketplace and will review challenges of developing new distribution systems.

Attendance is open to the public. Anyone involved with, or interested in, renewable energy is encouraged to attend, including transportation, large- and small-scale farming, finance and investment officials, as well as academia, and federal, state, government and elected officials. All attendees, including press (who may attend without charge), must register for the conference. Visit the conference Web site to register or find more information. For information and an update on keynote speakers, go to the USDA Website.