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2014 Harvesting Clean Energy Conference: Early Conference Registration is Open

The 2014 Harvesting Clean Energy Conference is set for February 4-6 at the Red Lion Colonial Inn in Helena, Montana.

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(BUTTE, NM.) - Businesses and landowners who register early can learn about strategies to maximize the local job creation and economic benefits that can come from developing our clean energy resources later – and save money now.

The conference will bring in leading clean-energy experts and practitioners to talk about what’s involved in creating successful clean-energy projects that can cut a farm’s energy costs and produce power or feedstocks to market. Among those projects are biofuels and biodigesters as well as a variety of energy-efficiency technologies and wind, microhydro, geothermal, and solar power systems.

And here’s the part about saving money: the first 50 rural businesses and landowners who are involved in agriculture, forestry, and the clean-energy industry to register will get a $50 discount on the registration rate, bringing the cost down to only $145.

Registrants who sign up for the discounted registration should use the code HCE.

Go online here to register: http://harvestcleanenergy.org/events/conference.html

The website also has information on becoming a conference sponsor, a schedule of events, and information on previous conferences.

The annual Harvesting Clean Energy Conference is held each year in a different city in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, or Montana. The February conference will be the 13th in the series. It is being organized and presented by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), which is headquartered in Butte, Montana.

“Clean-energy leaders from around the region have been, and still are, working hard helping us organize the conference,” said NCAT Executive Director Kathy Hadley. “Their role has been key, and, as a result of all their effort, this year’s conference is shaping up to be a premier event.”

Each day, the conference will feature programs based on five “tracks”: 
•    The Big Picture: Economic and environmental realities of clean energy 
•    Innovations and the Future of Clean Energy 
•    Getting a Clean Energy Project Off the Ground 
•    Risk and Rural Resiliency: How climate change is affecting rural business, agriculture, forestry, and outdoor recreation 
•    Alternative Niche Markets: The downstream opportunities

The conference will draw participants from a diverse range of fields: farmers, ranchers, and other rural land owners; agricultural organizations and food processors; rural utilities, lenders, economic development leaders, and elected officials; local, state, federal, and tribal agencies; and clean-energy firms, consultants, and supporters.

It will be a source of valuable technical and financial resources and a chance to meet potential project partners. The early registration offer won’t last long, so take advantage of it while you can.

NCAT is a private non-profit organization that works to foster and promote sustainable technologies and systems, especially for the benefit of economically disadvantaged individuals and communities.

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