Renewable Energy Fair returns to Oregon this weekend

The 15th Annual Illinois Renewable Energy and Sustainable Lifestyle Fair will be held this Saturday and Sunday at the Ogle County Fairgrounds in Oregon. The Fairgrounds is known for its beauty, friendly atmosphere and qualities including camping facilities and overall atmosphere.

The Fair is “expected and respected” and is known as Illinois’ premiere renewable energy event. Exhibitors will showcase their projects and businesses.

Workshops are the highlight of the Fair. Each year more workshops focus on what people can do in their own lives to be energy independent and live sustainable lifestyles. Of course, renewable energy is a big part of the offerings.

The major speakers at this year’s Renewable Energy and Sustainable Lifestyle Fair will highlight opportunities for accelerating the renewable energy and efficiency movement. Howard Learner, Executive Director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center and the Midwest’s leading environmental policy expert, will challenge his audience to consider Electricity Game Changers which are greener and more decentralized. He asserts that “smart policies drive energy markets” and feels that we are on the cusp of changing the world “through better access, affordability and reliability, and climate change solutions.” Old patterns will give way to advancing technological innovations. The entire game will change.

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Kevin Brehm and Margaret McCall from the Rocky Mountain Institute, another leader in innovative policies and practices, will elaborate further on changes in energy which can change the world. Brehm will share information on Why Utilities are Embracing Community Solar, providing motivation for more such practices. He claims that “solar has the potential to be the most important energy source in the US and worldwide. McCall will provide an optimistic view of New Energy Tech Meets the Midwest, providing an overview of new small and large scale technologies that are both in place and coming.

On Saturday, Rock River Trail Initiative Founder Frank Schier will give an update on the Trail, which has added to its national water trail status with eight additional trails: road, bike, hike, air, art and sculpture, Native American, equestrian and chocolate. Schier is also the editor & publisher of this paper and co-chair of Sunday’s Rock River Anything That Floats Race.

Other workshops will focus on renewable energy, housing and cars, and food and gardening. People with a special interest in any of these topics can spend the entire weekend attending programs on them.

Children’s activities, musical entertainment, and a variety of delicious, healthy foods will be offered.

An entry fee of $5 per adult allows access to all exhibits, workshops and parking. Only food purchases are extra.

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