In its eighth year, the Oregon Future Energy Conference is the place to be on Earth Day. The all-day conference, presented by the Northwest Environmental Business Council, offers educational and networking opportunities for those interested in the future of green energy. Education tracks include: Policy & Regulation, The Business of Renewable Energy, The Business of Energy Efficiency, and Energy Sector Insights.
The keynote speakers will be Kate Gordon, VP and Director of the Energy & Climate Program for Next Generation, and Lisa Schwartz, Director of the Oregon Department of Energy. Educational sections include The Politics of Clean Energy, Market Outlook for Renewables, and Options for Reducing Solar Soft Costs.
In his welcome letter to conference attendees, Governor John Kitzhaber detailed several steps that the State of Oregon has taken in the last year to advance its 10-Year Energy Action Plan. These included:
- bringing state energy efficient appliance standards in line with California and British Columbia;
- passing of an Emissions Performance Standard, reducing the amount of coal-produced power in the region;
- continued collaboration on Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standard.
The Governor has also directed the Department of Environmental Quality to implement a Clean Fuels Program. “By supporting homegrown industries like biofuel producers, feedstock growers, electric vehicle manufacturers, and fuel companies, we can keep more of our transportation dollars circulating in our statewide economy and create thousands of new jobs,” says Governor Kitzhaber.
For more information and conference registration http://www.futureenergyconference.com/or14/.