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

June 02, 2004

World Conferences Focus on Renewable Energy

The International Conference for Renewable Energies was held in Bonn, Germany, from June 1st through the 4th, attracting such luminaries as Klaus Topfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, as well as nearly 80 energy ministers from around the world. Called "renewables 2004" for short, the conference aims to achieve a declaration about shared political goals for advancing renewable energy, an international action program for renewable energy, and a series of renewable energy policy recommendations. The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is sponsoring a U.S. side event at the conference. See the renewables 2004 and ACORE Web sites.

In late August, the international energy spotlight will swing over to Denver, Colorado, where the World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC) will take place from August 29th through September 3rd. Held every two years, the Congress provides an international forum that attracts several hundred delegates from nearly 100 countries. This year's plenary speakers, announced last week, include Stephen Timms, the U.K. Minister of State for Energy, e-commerce, and Postal Services. An Energy Technology Expo is also running in conjunction with the Congress. See the WREC Web site.

Looking for something a bit more hands-on? Try the Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Held from June 18th to the 20th in Custer, Wisconsin, the fair features more than 100 workshops, working demonstrations of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, and a wide variety of energy-saving products. The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) sponsors the fair, and more information is available on the MREA Web site.