Kansas Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Conference '07
SEPTEMBER 25 & 26, 2007 bullet RAMADA INN bullet TOPEKA, KANSAS

The 8th Annual Kansas Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Conference, held September 25-26 in Topeka, was a great success. Slightly over 600 people from 20 states and Denmark attended.

"The world energy challenge is a great opportunity for Kansas," according to Kansas Lieutenant Governor Mark Parkinson, as he welcomed delegates to the annual event.

With tremendous renewable resources, especially from agriculture and wind, Parkinson predicted the State would be generating over 1200 megawatts of their electricity from renewable resources by the end of 2010, exceeding a 10% goal announced earlier this year by Governor Kathleen Sebelius.

According to data from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the President's goal of 20 percent generation from renewables by 2030 could result in a $7.8 billion economic impact for the State. This could result in some 23,000 construction jobs and over 3,000 permanent jobs for Kansas.

Keynote speaker Soren Hermansen from the Samso Energy Agency in Denmark described how this island now produces 100% of all of its energy needs from renewables. This includes wind, solar and biomass and was accomplished in less than 10 years starting in 1997.

Kansan Wes Jackson of The Land Institute of Salina told conference participants Kansas has a wonderful opportunity to be a leader in sustainability and conservation of its energy resources. The Land Institute has worked for over 20 years on the challenge of sustainable agriculture. Their purpose is to develop an agricultural system with the ecological stability of the prairie and a grain yield comparable to that from annual crops.

Presentations and brief bios of three dozen presenters can be found on this website.