Auburn hosting sixth annual Alabama Renewable Energy Conference

AUBURN – Auburn University is bringing together national and international renewable energy experts for the sixth annual Alabama Renewable Energy Conference Nov. 17-18 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

“We will have experts from the Southeast as well as a guest speaker from Germany to discuss that country’s renewable energy innovations,” said Larry Fillmer, executive director of Auburn’s Natural Resources Management & Development Institute, which is cosponsoring the event with the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

“We are also pleased that U.S. Rep. Artur Davis and ADECA Director Doni Ingram will kick off the conference with opening remarks,” Fillmer added.

Panel discussions and guest speakers will cover federal and state policies related to renewable energy and their impact; federal Biomass Crop Assistance Program; carbon sequestration opportunities in Alabama; an overview of renewable energy initiatives in the Southeast, particularly involving public and private partnerships; and current technology trends and opportunities.

“We will also have an overview of renewable energy projects around Alabama that successfully combine the resources and expertise of ADECA and Auburn in partnership with local municipalities, entrepreneurs and landowners,” Fillmer said.

Attendees will include members of the academic community; state and local government leaders; agricultural and renewable energy entrepreneurs; producers of agricultural and forest biomass; and members of the private sector with ties to renewable energy.

More details, including the agenda, are available at the conference Web site http://www.nrmdi.auburn.edu/bio/ADECA/conference/2009/index.php.

Contact: Leslie Parsons, (334) 844-6147 (leslie@auburn.edu), or
Charles Martin, (334) 844-9999 (marticd@auburn.edu)