Advancing Renewable Energy: An American Rural Renaissance

October 10-12, 2006 | St. Louis, Missouri

The accelerated development and rapid commercialization of renewable energy technologies is a high national priority, and is central to President Bush's Advanced Energy Initiative, which seeks to change the way we power our cars, homes and businesses through alternative energy sources.

Accelerating the development and use of alternative energy sources is not only a critical national security issue, but is key to maintaining America's economic competitiveness, as well as a tremendous opportunity for farmers, businesses, and rural communities across our nation.

To explore these opportunities, we invite you to join us in St.
Louis, Missouri, on October 10-12, 2006, for Advancing Renewable
Energy: An American Rural Renaissance. Jointly hosted by the U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA), this conference will bring together key stakeholders in
biofuels, wind, and solar energy to:

- Identify major issues including partnership opportunities facing
decision makers both within government and in the private sector.
- Identify critical pathways to rapid deployment of renewable energy
technologies; identify bottlenecks; and make policy recommendations
for resolving these issues.
- Examine policy incentives such as tax credits, loan guarantees,
expedited approval processes, and other measures to increase
certainty, reduce risk, and accelerate the deployment of new energy
- Advance understanding of the opportunities and issues involved in
the integration of distributed energy production into legacy

DOE and USDA lead the federal effort on research, development, and
commercialization of new energy sources. Senior policy and
administrative personnel of both agencies will participate in the
conference, as will leaders from the private sector, research, and
business communities.

Advancing Renewable Energy presents a unique opportunity to meet
with the leaders of the renewable energy sector at a critical moment
of its development. Participants will include federal, state, and
local officials; utility and energy company executives; investors;
farmers; as well as members from non-governmental organizations.
We are confident that you will find Advancing Renewable Energy
timely, useful, and provocative. We hope you are able to attend and

Samuel Bodman Mike Johanns
Secretary of Energy Secretary of Agriculture

For more information and to register for the conference, visit

SOURCE: USDA news release.