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University of Minnesota to host Midwest's premier energy, economic and environmental conference Nov. 30-Dec. 1

Day two of the E3 2010 conference will focus exclusively on wind energy in the U.S.

November 18, 2010

Media note: Contact Mary Hoff (maryhoff@umn.edu, (612) 626-2670) in advance for a media-only registration code.

What role will renewable energy play in recharging the U.S. economy? Can improvements in energy efficiency help businesses reduce their carbon footprint while boosting their bottom line? What does the future hold for wind energy in the Midwest? These are among the many urgent questions on the agenda during E3 2010: The Midwest’s Premier Energy, Economic and Environmental Conference, taking place Nov. 30 through Dec. 1 in St. Paul.

Hosted annually by the University of Minnesota’s Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE), a signature program of the Institute on the Environment, the E3 conference explores the latest technical innovations, scientific breakthroughs and policy incentives in the renewable energy sector. Each November since 2004, nearly 1,000 representatives from academia, business, industry, government and other sectors from across North America have gathered in St. Paul to share new knowledge and discoveries.

Daniel Kammen, professor of energy at the University of California, Berkeley, and newly named chief technical specialist for renewable energy and energy efficiency at the World Bank, will deliver the morning keynote, titled “Innovations for the Clean Energy Economy.”

The featured speaker during the midday portion of the conference will be Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale, assistant secretary of commerce for manufacturing and services in the U.S. Commerce Department. Lamb-Hale helps strengthen the competitive position of U.S. industries in domestic and foreign markets by coordinating Commerce Department strategies, policies and programs with U.S. industries in mind.

Along with a variety of research posters and exhibitor displays, the conference will feature 15 breakout sessions in five different tracks: Bioenergy; Solar Energy; Conservation and Energy Efficiency; Policy, Economics and the Environment; and Special Topics.

New this year, day two of the conference will focus on the future of wind energy in the United States. Megan McCluer, senior adviser for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Power Program, will provide the morning keynote. The rest of the day will feature speakers from industry, higher education and state and federal agencies. Topics on the agenda include research priorities for wind energy, wind storage options, the latest in renewable energy education and more.

E3 2010 takes place Nov. 30 through Dec. 1 at the Saint Paul River Centre, 199 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul. Free transportation to and from day one of the conference is available from both the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.

The E3 conference is presented by IREE in partnership with lead sponsors Faegre & Benson and Piper Jaffray, in addition to more than a dozen category sponsors. Day two of the conference is co-sponsored by the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, part of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota.

Visit www.iree.umn.edu/e3 for the full conference agenda, registration details, speaker bios, shuttle schedule, hotel information and more.

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