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October 17, 2007

Nation's Capital Hosts International Clean Energy Conferences

The State Department announced in early October that the U.S. government will host an international renewable energy conference in Washington, D.C., from March 4th through March 6th, 2008. The Washington International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC) 2008 will be the third global ministerial-level conference on renewable energy, following similar events in Beijing, China, in 2005 and in Bonn, Germany, in 2004. WIREC 2008 will be an international platform for government, private sector, and non-governmental leaders to jointly address the goal of advancing renewable energy. It will focus on the four pillars necessary to support renewable energy industries: agriculture and rural development; research and development; financing; and commercialization. In tandem with the event, the American Council on Renewable Energy and the leading U.S. renewable energy trade organizations will host a co-located trade show. See the WIREC 2008 and the Trade Show at WIREC Web sites.

Meanwhile, the 2007 Energy Efficiency Global Forum & Exposition is coming to our nation's capital in November. Called "EE Global" for short, the inaugural forum and exposition will showcase the potential for energy efficiency to create a sustainable energy future for our world. The forum will include four plenary sessions and 36 concurrent executive dialogue sessions, while the expo will be held in a 40,000-square-foot exhibit hall. The event runs from November 11th through the 14th, and on November 11th, the exhibition floor will be open to the public for a $10 admission fee, with children under 12 admitted for free. This "public day" will also feature six seminars on energy efficiency, including a show for kids and a discussion of the District of Columbia's plan to reduce its carbon emissions. See the EE Global Web site.