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The Illinois Renewable Energy Conference is designed to advance the use of photovoltaic, solar thermal, wind, water and 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.

The event will take place on Thursday, July 11 at the Cliffbreakers Hotel located at 700 W. Riverside Blvd., Rockford, IL 61103; (815) 478-9395. Registration begins at 7 a.m. The keynote breakfast speaker starts at 8 a.m. Breakfast sessions begin at 8:40 a.m., and the evening reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

The event is promoted by the Illinois Renewable Resources Group, NFP and sponsored by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Community Affairs, ComEd, U.S. Department of Energy, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency–Bureau of Air, Illinois Pork Producers Association, IBEW-NECA Institute, IBEW Local 134, and Spire Solar Chicago.

The Illinois Renewable Resources Group ( is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion and advocacy of renewable energy technology and its utilization. The board of directors is comprised of Kevin Lynch, the Electrical Program Coordinator for the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute; Denise Bechen, Technical Services Technology Specialists for Commonwealth Edison; Steven Yanke, director of Electrical Engineering OWP/P Engineers; Paul Sterner, IRRG chair and president of Oculus Architecture; and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs Liaison Rex Buhrmester; Program Manager for the Illinois Renewable Energy Resources Program.

In addition to the board, the conference planning committee includes: Gary Beckstead, Illinois EPA Bureau of Air; and Colleen Musker, Musker Productions.

The conference is open to the public on a space available basis; to register, go to or contact Paul Sterner, Public Relations coordinator, (708) 216-7199. Cost of the conference is $25 for IRRG members or $35 for non-members. Cost per year is $150 membership.

Purpose and mission

The Illinois Renewable Resources Group, NFP (IRRG), a not-for-profit organization in Illinois, is founded for the purpose of promoting the use of solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, wind, biogas digesters, biogas fuel cells and hydropower within the State of Illinois.

The goal is, through conferences, workshops and the Internet, to bridge the resource gap between the general public, private industry, agriculture, federal, state and local government by acting as a general statewide information clearinghouse and speakers bureau for renewable energy technologies.

IRRG philosophy

IRRG believes in a balanced approach to renewable energy, with the importance of providing accurate data and multiple perspectives on issues and leaving it up to the individual or group to decide the truth on a particular issue. We want to promote lively discussion within the renewable community as well as on general energy topics. Our focus is being “renewable energy advocates.”

IRRG events

By working with its partners, ComEd, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Illinois EPA Bureau of Air and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers IBEW-NECA Institute to make our annual conference as inclusive as possible. To that end, we are dedicated to bringing together USEPA, USDOE, Illinois state and local units of government, private industry, system installers, financial institutions, and Illinois citizens who are interested in utilizing renewable energy.

IRRG experts

IRRG, through our website, will endeavor to foster a better understanding about renewable resource issues. By creating a speakers bureau with topical information available to download, we become a resource for student projects as well as offering interest to a provocative reader.

IRRG outreach

IRRG organizes the annual Illinois Renewable Energy Conference that changes location annually throughout the state. We will publicize the event through the Internet, media and general promotion. IRRG strives to create a conference event that has a high level of professionalism. By building a strong network relationship between our partners and the public, we will reach the goal of bridging the resource gap.

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