Monday, November 20, 2006

U of M conference to highlight future of renewable energy - UMN News

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (11/20/2006) -- The third annual University of Minnesota Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE) Research Symposium will take place at the McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28. The event is an opportunity for university faculty and researchers to showcase groundbreaking new work in the areas of renewable energy and the environment. The event is free and open to the public.

“We are at the crossroads,” said IREE director Dick Hemmingsen. “The energy systems of the past are being rapidly replaced by the renewable energy technologies of the future. University of Minnesota researchers are leading this transition.”

The conference will showcase IREE accomplishments over the past year through a poster session featuring over 70 IREE-funded projects. Don Shelby, WCCO-TV news anchor, will give the keynote address. Edward Garvey, deputy commissioner for the energy and telecommunications division of the Minnesota Department of Commerce, will speak on Minnesota’s 25/25 initiative. Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s 2006 State of the State address set Minnesota on a course to have 25 percent of its energy come from renewable sources by the year 2025. University of Minnesota Regents Professor David Tilman will give the capnote address.

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