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05-12-2006

Bioenergy Summit At Clarkson University

Fuel the Future, A Strategic Summit and Exposition on Bioenergy and Rural Development is being co-organized by Clarkson University, Community Energy Services, Cornell Cooperative Extension, The St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, SUNY ESF and SUNY Canton in partnership with the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (COEEES).

The North Country has significant bioenergy resources and historically strong agricultural and forest industries that provide the infrastructure for harvesting, processing and delivering biomass materials. The Summit will explore how we can capitalize on these resources and take advantage of the growing market for bioenergy to develop local bioenergy enterprises.

The Summit program includes a field trip to bioenergy facilities on June 21; a full day of panel presentations on forestry and agricultural feedstocks, conversion technologies, finance and regulatory issues and infrastructure support for the emerging bioenergy sector on June 22; and, on June 23, facilitated work sessions to define what needs to be done to establish local and regional bioenergy enterprises.

"Whether you are looking for ways to make your current farm, forestry or transport operations more profitable, seeking alternative fuel sources for heating, transport or electrical generation, on the lookout for local investment opportunities, or just interested in energy, we encourage you to attend this Summit," says Dr. Susan Powers of Clarkson University. "Building a local bioenergy sector will require the coming together of feedstock producers, technology designers and manufacturers, entrepreneurs, consumers, investors, economic developers and policymakers. We hope to see all of these at the Summit."

A full program and registration information is available at www.ncbioenergy.org, by e-mailing info@ncbioenergy.org , or by calling 315-268-6425.

Contact: Susan Powers, Clarkson University, 315-268-6542, or Ann Heidenreich, Community Energy Services, 315-379-9466

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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