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Forum discusses future of renewable energy in Tennessee

The Tennessee 25x'25 State Alliance, in association with the University of Tennessee's Center for Renewable Carbon, will host the Tennessee 25x'25 Renewable Energy Forum Thursday, July 21, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., in Rooms 156-157 of the Plant Biotechnology Building at 2505 E. J. Chapman Drive, on the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture campus in Knoxville.

Forum participants will examine the economic impacts associated with the use of energy crops, agricultural and forestry residues, and other clean, renewable energy technologies in the state.

Featured speakers at the event:

--Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson, who will provide an overview of Tennessee agriculture's role in renewable energy
--Dr. Stuart Thomas, VP of Technology and Licensing with DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol, who will give an update of the firm's commercialization progress.
--Dr. Steven Bares, of the Memphis Bioworks Foundation will discuss development of markets for biobased products.
--Dr. David Millhorn, University of Tennessee, will discuss the school's alternative energy research initiatives.

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An afternoon panel will discuss the state's renewable energy future and the opportunities for the production of energy for electricity, transportation fuels and other uses. Panelists include Jonathan Overly, of East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition; Harvey Abouelata, of Efficient Energy of Tennessee; Stephanie Cox, of ECOtality North America; Greg Johnson, of the Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council; and Bob Baugh of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Joe Pearson, of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, will moderate the panel.

For information call Jessica McCord at 865-974-7370 or

The Forum is being held in conjunction with a meeting of the National 25x'25 Steering Committee, the leadership of a coalition of nearly 1000 farm, forestry, business, environmental, and energy organizations that wants to meet 25 percent of national energy needs with renewable resources by 2025.

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