Illinois Renewable Energy Conference here, July 11, 2002

Illinois Renewable Energy Conference here, July 11, 2002


Editor’s note: The following information is reprinted with permission from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, Chicago, from their school lighting retrofit brochure. Thanks to Dan Slattery for providing the information.

Rockford’s Cliffbreakers River Suites Hotel & Conference Center is the site of the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference on Thursday, July 11, 2002.

Sponsors include ComEd, DCCA, USDOE, Illinois EPA, IBEW-NECA Institute, and Spire Solar Chicago.

Conference Highlights & Purpose:

Two concurrent track sessions will be held featuring Wind, Solar, Hydro & Biomass Energy Technology.

The conference is designed to advance the use of photovoltaic, solar thermal, wind, water, biomass energy sources such as biogas from landfills, wastewater treatment plants and livestock facilities. Representatives from government, agriculture, utilities and private business that support the development of renewable energy are expected to attend the conference.

“There is a lot of public interest in state and private incentive programs to develop, install, and operate alternative energy systems,” said DCCA Director Pam McDonough. “This conference will demonstrate how state and federal agencies, agricultural groups and private businesses are working together to better utilize renewable sources of energy.”

Governor Ryan has made renewable energy a cornerstone of the state’s Energy Policy. To date, DCCA has invested $5.8 million to develop new sources of clean, renewable electric power.

The conference will move Illinois closer to its renewable energy goals established by the Illinois Resources Development and Energy Security Act. The Act states that at least 5% of Illinois’ energy production and use be derived from renewable forms of energy by 2010 and at least 15% by 2020.

Choose your personal mix from two concurrent tracks:

Track I-Solar Energy

Solar Thermal & Wind Energy

Track II-Biomass Energy and Hydro Energy

Each session will feature topical information on Wind, Hydro, Solar and Biomass technology, current applications, technical

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issues and urban/rural energy economics.


7:00 am – Registration &

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – Opening Remarks by Keynote Speaker

8:30 am – Overview of Illinois Renewal

Energy Rebate Program

8:40 am – Track I – PV Resources

Track II – Biomass Ag

10:00 am – Break – Exhibits

10:30 am – Track I – Solar Energy

Track II – Biogas Dairy & Swine

12:15 pm – Luncheon Address

by Guest Speaker

2:00 pm – Track I – Solar Thermal

Track II – Biogas

3:45 pm – Break

4:00 pm – Track I – Wind Energy

Track II – Hydro Energy

5:30 pm – Reception

7:00 pm – End of Conference

About the Hotel

Located in Rockford, Illinois, Cliffbreakers convenient location offers easy access to surrounding communities with direct routes to and from major interstate highways, local activities and attractions.

A short distance from Interstate 90 at the East Riverside Boulevard interchange, guests will find this first-class property on the west bank of the beautiful Rock River.

For your convenience, there is a Cliffbreakers Courtesy Shuttle available for transportation.

More information can be found at

The hotel is located at 700 West Riverside Boulevard, Rockford, IL 61103, phone (800) 478-9395.

Room Reservation

Please call the Cliffbreakers at (800) 478-9395 to make your room reservation at the special rate of $76.00 Riverview Double Queen (plus local tax).

Hotel Registration Deadline

The deadline for room reservation is June 30, 2002. After that date, guestroom reservations will be accepted at full hotel rates and on a space available basis.

Conference Deadline

Advance conference registrations will be accepted until June 30, 2002. Space is limited in all sessions, so advance registration is recommended. After June 30, a late fee of $5 per registrant will be charged. Payment must accompany the registration form. Please use one registration form per person.

Conference Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received no later than 5:00 pm Monday, July 1, 2002, in order to receive a full refund.

Accessibility and Special Meals

Please indicate on the conference registration form if you require a special meal (vegetarian, kosher, etc.) or if there is something the IRRG group can do to make the conference more accessible to you. Please call if you have any additional questions regarding access concerns (708) 218-7199.

IRRG Conference Committee:

Paul Sterner, Chair – IRRG/OA

Denise Bechen – ComEd

Rex Buhrmester – DCCA

Kevin Lynch – IBEW-NECA

Gary Beckstead – Illinois EPA

Gary Nowakowski – US DOE

Steve Yanke – OWP/P Architects, Inc.

Collen Musker – Coordinator

To register, contact IRRG

at the information below.

Questions? Call IRRG at (708) 218-7199 or e-mail to:

Illinois Renewable Resources Group, NFP

P.O. Box 1393

North Riverside, Illinois 60546

Phone: (708) 218-7199

Fax: (708) 447-7336



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