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University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio holds sixth annual energy conference


March 26, 2012

ATHENS, Ohio (March 26, 2012) – The media and general public are invited to attend the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio (UCEAO) sixth annual conference, "Securing Ohio's Energy and Economic Future" on April 2-3 at the Blackwell at The Ohio State University in Columbus.

This two-day event will bring together a diverse group of leaders and experts to promote Ohio's energy assets, leverage diverse energy resources and explore the important role that advanced energy technologies play in our state's economic development. Speakers and panelists will discuss topics including utility‐scale wind installations, shale energy exploration, smart grid development, solar technology and the potential for bioenergy, in addition to the critical issue of workforce training.

President of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Dennis V. McGinn, a retired vice admiral, will provide the keynote address during the Tuesday luncheon. McGinn brings to ACORE his significant national experience in efforts to highlight the close link between energy, climate and national security. He is a strong advocate for innovative government policy, public and private partnerships and investments that will promote clean energy growth and innovation. ACORE is a 501(c)(3) membership non-profit organization dedicated to creating a more secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy.

A reception and student energy research poster session will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 2 to encourage networking and showcase student and faculty research projects from around Ohio. Exhibits from the private and public sector will be on display both days of the event.

Founded in 2007 as an organization of research universities, UCEAO has subsequently expanded its membership to include community colleges, four-year liberal arts institutions, government laboratories and business coalitions. UCEAO's goals are to support clean energy research, strengthen education, promote entrepreneurship and enhance Ohio's advanced energy economy. In past years, UCEAO conferences have highlighted opportunities for cross-sector collaboration, research in energy-related industries and Ohio's renewable energy sectors and their growth potential. This year, the theme of energy security is especially timely to the energy policies being discussed at the state and national levels.

"Energy is at the foundation of all of the other issues facing the state, the nation and the world," said Scott Miller, chairman of the UCEAO Board of Governors. "It intersects with all other forms of security: food security, water security, global health and a sustainable environment. Access to affordable, reliable and environmentally-safe sources of energy are at the core of global security issues. The UCEAO Annual Conference is the perfect venue to highlight the critical linkages between these issues in Ohio, and we're very excited to be able to present a host of outstanding speakers to focus on this very important topic."

For additional information on UCEAO and the conference agenda, visit www.uceao.org/conference.

WHAT:UCEAO Sixth Annual Energy Conference

WHERE: The Blackwell, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus, Ohio 43210, 614-247-4003

WHEN:April 2, registration opens at 8:30 a.m.; April 3, registration opens at 7:00 a.m.

Note: Reception, breakfast and lunch meals will be served. This program is a Zero Waste Event, defined as a one-time program, occasion or event that reduces waste by diverting 90 percent of trash from landfills by recycling and composting.

MEDIA

AVAIL: Admiral McGinn will be available before his keynote address on Tuesday, April 3 for media questions in the Blackwell Board Room.

RSVP: Please pre-register for this event at www.uceao.org/conference.

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Contact:Erin Lanham, program services coordinator for UCEAO, at 419-530-3871 or erin.lanham@utoledo.edu.