Illinois Renewable Energy Conference features wind, solar and geothermal

Illinois State University is hosting the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference on Thursday, July 16, at the Bone Student Center Ballroom, Illinois State University, Normal from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The conference will include speakers on renewable energy, plus breakout sessions on renewable energy policy, technology, and case studies from around the state. Event partners include the Center for Renewable Energy at Illinois State University, Illinois Wind Working Group, Wind on the Wires, Illinois Solar Energy Association, Illinois Biomass Working Group, Geothermal Alliance of Illinois and Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.

The conference is open to the public and will be of ­special interest to renewable energy companies, policy ­makers, government officials, county board members, zoning board members, universities, community colleges, schools, landowners, agriculture extension offices, lawyers, electric co-ops, manufacturers, contractors and environmental groups.

John Freitag, an expert on energy efficiency and ­renewable energy, will be one of the speakers. Freitag is Executive Director of the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois and Vice President of Operations for the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives. Freitag says, “This is a great opportunity for people who want to learn more about renewable energy options of all kinds, to get an overall of all the technologies available today at a single meeting that is very affordable.”

For more conference information and to register online, please visit For ­questions, please email or call 309-438-7919