Energy growing for forum – 25 speakers confirmed

This year’s North Coast Energy Forum is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever. According to convenor Mark Byrne, “There are now twenty five speakers confirmed for an action-packed day on 31 May. They include people from the renewable energy industry, local, state and federal politicians, and business and community leaders.”

“As well as a keynote talk from electricity industry guru Chris Dunstan and a plenary session we will have a panel of politicians responding to the priorities for action determined by everyone attending on the day.”

“We will also have six concurrent sessions in two blocks, covering bioenergy; the built environment; options for selling power; using, abusing and defusing the grid; communities generating energy; and opportunities for funding and networking.”

“We are especially impressed by the number of leaders in their fields who are travelling long distances to speak to and learn from us.”

“At this stage, registrations are also way up on previous years.”

Why the increased interest? “It probably reflects both a growing urgency around the need to respond to the role of energy emissions in contributing to climate change, and increased awareness of the potential for the North Coast to grow its own energy — especially bioenergy. Moving to a sustainable energy system will help to create local jobs while helping the region to mitigate and adapt to climate change.”

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