This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

January 06, 2010

RETECH and Renewable Energy World Highlight a Busy Conference Season

Momentum is building for two major renewable energy conferences scheduled for February. Coming to Washington, D.C. on February 3-5, the Renewable Energy Technology Conference & Expo (RETECH 2010) will feature more than 300 exhibitors and 250 speakers, including Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Dan Arvizu, director of DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The conference is hosted by the American Council on Renewable Energy. And for the seventh year, Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America, formerly called POWER-GEN Renewable Energy & Fuels, will bring together an array of clean energy professionals. This year, the event will pitch its tent in Austin, Texas, on February 23-25. Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and Roger Duncan, general manager of Austin Energy, will be the keynote speakers. The conference is sponsored in part by DOE and is co-located with Photovoltaics World Conference & Expo.

Meanwhile, builders are gearing up for the 2010 International Builders' Show, coming to Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 19-22. Backers of large-scale solar power will also descend on Las Vegas at about the same time, January 20-21, for Solar Power Generation USA. Solar followers will then head to San Diego, California, on February 2-3 for the 2nd Concentrated Photovoltaic Summit USA. The National Biodiesel Board then hosts the 2010 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Grapevine, Texas, on February 7-10. And if your travel budget is limited, there's at least one conference you can attend from home: the Virtual Energy Forum, which will be held online on January 27-28. Another batch of clean energy conferences is coming in May—we'll update you on those as the date draws near!