U.S. to Host Major Renewable Energy Event

The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) and the leading U.S. renewable energy trade associations announced that they will host The Trade Show at WIREC 2008, to be co-located with the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC) which occurs March 4-6, 2008 in the Washington DC Convention Center.

WIREC 2008 is the third global ministerial level event on renewable energy, following on the Bonn Renewables 2004 and the Beijing 2005 global meetings. In an earlier on announcement in May about the event, Secretary Rice noted that, “diversifying our energy supplies is a key foreign policy objective of this Administration,” and that, “renewable energy sources can go a long way toward breaking the ‘addiction to oil’ that President Bush cited in his 2006 State of the Union Address.”

The U.S. Department of State will host the Ministerial and Legislative event, assisted by other Departments and agencies including: the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Interior, and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

“We invite the worldwide renewable energy community to assemble for this conference, which will uniquely bring together the thousands of key people in government, industry, technology, finance, and civil society,” said Michael Eckhart, ACORE president.

The Trade Show at WIREC 2008 will be organized under a joint venture of ACORE and U.S. renewable energy trade associations, including: American Wind Energy Association; Geothermal Energy Association; National Hydropower Association; Renewable Fuels Association; Solar Energy Industries Assocation.

“WIREC represents a unique opportunity for the renewable energy industries to showcase for energy ministers from around the world our capability to play an increasingly significant role in meeting global energy needs,” said Randall Swisher, Executive Director of the American Wind Energy Association.  “The wind industry intends to take full advantage of this opportunity to tell our story and advance our agenda.”

The business conference will have multiple tracks of sessions with industry-leading speakers on each of the technologies, plus sessions on markets, industry, financing, and policy.  The technologies will include wind, solar, hydro, ocean, geothermal, biomass, biofuels, and waste-to-energy. Additional clean technologies will include hydrogen, fuel cells, batteries and other energy storage, electric transmission, smart grid, cogeneration systems, distributed generation, energy efficiency, green buildings, and many others related to renewable energy.

The hosts estimate that The Trade Show at WIREC 2008 will be the largest business conference and exposition ever held on renewable energy and related fields in the U.S.

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