Harvesting Clean Energy Conference

Harvesting Clean Energy Conference

Harvesting Clean Energy Conference. I’m Greg Martin as Line On Agriculture presents the Harvest Clean Energy Report.

The annual Harvesting Clean Energy Conference February 7, 8 & 9th at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Washington will be a good chance to get a lot of you questions answered if you are thinking about doing any renewable energy projects in the future. Rhys Roth is the Director of Strategic Innovation for Climate Solutions.

ROTH: The Harvesting Clean Energy Conference is the crossroads, the regional event that brings together the agriculture and energy sectors to really look at economic opportunities for rural economic development in the northwest and for ag producers.

That makes this conference pretty broad in scope with many different areas to explore.

ROTH: So that ranges from energy efficiency equipment that can both improve performance and actually reduce energy costs to the full range of renewable energy production opportunities that a rural landowner might have, there’s going to be a tremendous focus on biomass energy technologies. Essentially that can range from turning agricultural residues and wastes into energy, dedicated energy crops that can be produced for energy. Food producers, food processors capitalizing on their waste streams to turn into energy and then a variety of co-products.

Those can include bio-adhesives, bio-pesticides, bio-lubricants and many others. Of course one of the main topics that will be heard will be government climate change legislation.

ROTH: Federal legislation will certainly open up opportunities for ag producers and you look at the energy sector, you look at the amount of petroleum being imported into this country and there’s a pretty broad bi-partisan consensus that if we can reduce our dependence on these foreign sources of energy and our farmers and ranchers and rural communities can be producing that here domestically and replacing some of that, that’s a huge market opportunity for ag producers.

Again, anyone who has any interest in learning more about clean, renewable energy projects will want to attend.

ROTH: This conference brings together the experts that have been pioneering successful strategies. It’s a real hand on pragmatic place where you can learn about how do I assess the feasible opportunities, how do I access financing, what sort of government grants might be out there to help, who are partners who can help make this work so it can be done efficiently and profitably for ag producers.

For additional information on clean energy and the upcoming conference, visit harvestcleanenergy.org. That’s today’s Line On Agriculture. I’m Greg Martin on the Northwest Ag Information Network.


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