Early registration for the 2012 Kansas Energy Conference, to be held Sept. 25 and 26 in Manhattan, will end Aug. 31.
The Kansas Energy Conference will highlight the latest developments in the renewable energy industry. The day-and-half conference will feature three general sessions and several breakout sessions highlighting different areas of the sector, including the community/small wind industry, biomass/biofuels, solar and wind farm development, and transportation.
Attendees will have an opportunity to take a tour of the Riley County Public Works Operations Division facility and see first-hand the operations of several renewable energy sources – wind turbines, solar-powered LED lighting, a solar hot water heating system for radiant floor heat, geothermal heat pumps and more. Riley County has been using this facility since 2007.
General session speakers include Kevin Rabinovitch, global sustainability director, Mars Inc., who develops and executes strategies and initiatives relating to all aspects of sustainability for Mars North American's full supply chain and renewable energy projects. Also participating will be John Graham, president and CEO, BP Wind Energy, who is responsible for wind and solar power development activities, including the $3 billion Flat Ridge 2 project under construction in south central Kansas. In addition, David Terry, executive director of the National Association of State Energy Officials, will make remarks.
The conference opens at 8:45 a.m. Sept. 25 and runs until 4:30 p.m. Hours on Sept. 26 are 9 a.m. to noon. The conference is at the Manhattan Conference Center, 410 S. Third St. in Manhattan.
Exhibits are open 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sept. 25, and 8:30 a.m.-noon, Sept. 26. A reception is planned from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Sept. 25.A complete itinerary and online registration is available through the Kansas Energy Conference web page at KansasCommerce.com/EnergyConference. Early bird registration is available for $75. 31. Regular registration is $100, and registration closes Sept. 20.