Normal to hold renewable energy event next week

NORMAL - The Illinois Renewable Energy Conference will be hosted by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs later this week in Normal.

The Illinois Biomass Working Group, which is coordinated by the institute at Western Illinois University, will host the conference at the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University.  The event will be open to the public, but registration is required.

Dozens of speakers will address renewable energy policy, technology, and examples of projects around the state, and breakout sessions will include talks on wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass energy.

Officials say the event will be of interest to policymakers, local government officials, energy companies, schools and universities, landowners, contractors, environmental groups, and more.

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