WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The USDA and DOE have announced an updated list of distinguished speakers for "Advancing Renewable Energy: An American Rural Renaissance," a conference jointly hosted by the two agencies.

The conference aims to get the best minds together -- key stakeholders in biofuels, wind, and solar energy -- to discuss and ultimately help accelerate the research, development and deployment of alternative energy sources.

Advancing Renewable Energy is scheduled for Oct. 10-12, 2006, at America's Center in St. Louis.

Newly confirmed conference speakers include:

  • Stephen L. Johnson, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • Jim Talent, U.S. Senator, Missouri

  • S. Richard Tolman, CEO, National Corn Grower Association and Randall Swisher, Executive Director of the American Wind Energy Association, will serve as Masters of Ceremonies.

  • Leaders from government and industry will address renewable energy topics such as: building supply and distribution; encouraging demand; adapting and building infrastructure; creating effective market models and partnerships; what the USDA and DOE are doing to advance renewable energy, as well as other timely topics.

    View the conference agenda, including other keynote speakers and panelists, at www.AdvancingRenewableEnergy.Gov.

    Attendance is open to the public. Anyone involved with renewable energy is encouraged to attend, including transportation, finance, and investment officials; other Federal and State Government officials; and elected officials. All attendees must register for the conference; register by Oct. 1 for the early registration discount.

    SOURCE: USDA news release.