ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS BOB RILEY BILL JOHNSON GOVERNOR DIRECTOR
STATE OF ALABAMA
For Immediate Release: Contact:
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008 Mike Presley
Renewable Energy Conference to Focus on Alabama Opportunities
MONTGOMERY— With demand for renewable energy greater than ever, Alabama farmers are learning how they can profit. Farmers and others in agriculture and forestry-related businesses will gather in Auburn on Dec. 10
thfor the 5 Annual Alabama Agriculture Energy Conference to find out how to become involved in the bioenergy industry.
The conference will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center. The Energy Division of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and Auburn University’s Natural Resources Management and Development Institute are sponsoring the event.
“The production and use of fuel from renewable sources offer tremendous economic opportunities for Alabama farmers,” ADECA Director Bill Johnson said. “I encourage farmers and others involved in agriculture to
attend the conference and learn how they can benefit from the increasing focus on bioenergy.”
The all-day event will give attendees an overview of the industry in Alabama from experts across the state and nation. Presentations and panel discussions will focus on future opportunities for bioenergy production in Alabama and the logistics, technology and infrastructure needed for the industry.
Speakers include representatives from companies who are producing energy from wood waste and manufacturing biofuels as well as companies investing in new technology to produce fuels from wood waste, sugar cane and other renewable sources. State Rep. Greg Wren, co-chairman of the Permanent Joint Legislative Committee on Energy, will give an overview of proposed incentives the committee plans to introduce in the Legislature in 2009.
For more information and an agenda, go to www.nrmdi.auburn.edu/bio/ADECA/conference. Registration is $60 per person or $25 for students. Online registration is available at the conference’s Web site.