WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Keynote speakers have been confirmed for "Advancing Renewable Energy: An American Rural Renaissance," a conference hosted by the USDA and U.S. Department of Energy Oct. 10-12, 2006, at America's Center in St. Louis.

Advancing Renewable Energy is designed to help create and strengthen partnerships and strategies necessary to accelerate commercialization of renewable energy industries and distribution systems. Leaders from government and industry will address renewable energy topics such as Building Supply and Distribution, Encouraging Demand, Adapting and Building Infrastructure and Creating Effective Market Models and Partnerships.

In addition to Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman and Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, the following conference keynote speakers have been confirmed to date:

  • Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures; former co-founder of Sun Microsystems; and former partner of Kleimer, Perkins, Kaufield & Byers, a venture capital firm

  • Robert W. Lane, chairman of the board, president and CEO, Deere and Company

  • Patricia A Woertz, president, CEO and member of the board of directors, Archer Daniels Midland Company

  • James R. Woolsey, vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton, and Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

  • 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; elected officials; and media. All attendees must register for the conference.

    SOURCE: USDA news release.