The Washington International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC) will be hosted by the U.S. Department of State in March of next year, as announced in early May by the U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Assisting with the conference will be the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Interior, and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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WIREC 2008 will be held at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., in March of next year. Credit: MH Concepts

WIREC 2008 is the third global ministerial-level event focused entirely on renewable energy and builds on the progress of previous conferences held in Bonn, Germany, and Beijing, China. The conference provides the prime environment for delegates from 150 countries to discuss renewable energy and show commitment to advances in energy technology for sustainable development, climate, and energy security.

WIREC 2008 goals focus on advancing energy security, climate change, air quality, and sustainable agricultural and rural development. An anticipated five thousand attendees will investigate ways to further lead development in renewable energy, policy making, technological innovations, and commercialization and deployment. The conference will also focus on how to strengthen the relationship between industry and government to help solve worldwide energy problems.

In addition to the formal meeting of world delegates, the conference will include the POWER-GEN Renewable Energy & Fuels trade show as well as fifty to one hundred side events held by states, foreign governments, NGOs, and multinational organizations. National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey will also be held nationally in 2008, on Friday, October 3. The event focuses on renewable energy such as biodiesel and ethanol, as well as other alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies. The biennial celebration, coordinated by the NAFTC, is dedicated to promoting AFVs and advanced technology vehicles. In 2006, sixty sites hosted events in the United States, Canada, and Germany, featuring a variety of activities such as educational fairs, conferences, networking meals, AFV training information, and AFV ride-and-drive demonstrations for policymakers, students, fleet managers, and the public. For more information on the fourth National AFV Day Odyssey, visit the event’s Web site.

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