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August 30, 2006

New Speakers Added for National Renewable Energy Conference

DOE and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on August 24th additional keynote speakers for the national renewable energy conference, "Advancing Renewable Energy: An American Rural Renaissance," to be held October 10th through 12th in St. Louis, Missouri. The agencies also released the full program for the conference. Just added to the list of speakers are Red Cavaney of American Petroleum Institute (API), a trade association of the oil and natural gas industry; Charles Holliday of DuPont, a leader in biobased plastics that has teamed up with BP to make a new biofuel called biobutanol; Patrick Wood, chairman of the U.S. advisory board for wind developer Airtricity, Inc. and former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and Matthew Simmons of Simmons and Company International, a specialized energy investment banking firm, and author of "Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy," which argues that the world's oil production is quickly approaching its peak. See the DOE press release, the full conference program, and the Web sites for API, Dupont's Biobutanol effort, Airtricity, and Simmons and Company International.