MU will host Midwest renewable energy conference

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 | 5:52 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Clean energy experts from across the country will present strategies aimed at reducing the Midwest's dependence on fossil fuels at a conference Thursday. 

The 8th annual Advancing Renewables in the Midwest Conference will be held at the MU Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center. 

Topics will range from electric transportation and community solar programs to renewable energy applications in the military, churches and schools.

"We try to bring in speakers that will inform people about how renewable energy is taking hold in the Midwest," said Connie Kacprowicz, communications and marketing supervisor with Columbia Water and Light. 

The keynote speaker, Paul Komor, is the energy education director at the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute and a lecturer at University of Colorado at Boulder.

He will talk about the future of electric utilities and the push to incorporate clean, renewable energy while keeping costs low and maintaining reliability standards, Kacprowicz said. 

The conference is a collaboration of Columbia Water and Light, the MU Department of Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences and the state Department of Natural Resources.

It will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and about 200 people are expected to attend.

For additional detail on speakers, conference topics and registration, go to


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