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April 07, 2010

Clean Energy Conferences Sprout in Spring and Early Summer

Photo of a tall, three-bladed wind turbine.

Wind energy will be the focus of one of this spring’s clean energy conferences, as Windpower 2010 comes to Dallas, Texas, in late May.
Credit: NREL

Spring is here, and grass and flowers aren't the only green things sprouting: Clean energy conferences are popping up all over. Among those happening in May, the National Hydrogen Association hosts its Hydrogen Conference and Expo on May 3-6 in Long Beach, California. The gathering will feature six hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, ranging from the Chevy Equinox FCEV to Mercedes-Benz A-Class F-CELL, available for test drives. The 2010 International Biomass Conference and Expo will unfold in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 4-6, showcasing 275 exhibits, followed by the Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Conference + Expo 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 9-12, featuring energy entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens among its 200 speakers. The Alliance to Save Energy's Energy Efficiency Global Forum & Exposition is slated for May 10-12 in Washington, D.C., and has scheduled appearances from such energy policy leaders as Cathy Zoi, DOE's assistant secretary of energy efficiency and renewable energy. And renewable energy sources wrap up the month, as the American Solar Energy Society hosts its National Solar Conference, Solar 2010, in Phoenix, Arizona, on May 17-22, with the exhibit hall open to the general public, while the America Wind Energy Association will convene its annual showcase, Windpower 2010 Conference & Exhibition, on May 23-26, in Dallas, Texas. A highlight of Windpower 2010 will be an address by former President George W. Bush.

In June, Smart Grids and ethanol fuels close out the spring season. The Smart Grid Technology Conference & Expo 2010 runs June 2-3 in San Diego, California, and will feature a rollout of the Google PowerMeter, an energy monitoring system, while the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, slated for June 14-17 in St. Louis, Missouri, will mark its 26th year with about 600 exhibitors. And with the arrival of summer comes the sun's heat, so it's fitting that the fourth Concentrated Solar Power Summit USA will start off the season on June 23-25 in San Francisco, California, spotlighting an array of top speakers from industry and government, including several officials from DOE.