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KREC June 25 Quarterly Meeting

Frank Moore presents an overview of biofuels in Kentucky to KREC members.
Frank Moore

KREC held its quarterly meeting at the Frankfort Convention Center on June 25. About 37 attendees heard Frank Moore, Policy Advisor, Biofuels Development at the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence speak about the Commonwealth’s potential for biofuels development and the economic and policy drivers behind biofuels in Kentucky.

Cam Metcalf updated members on KREC’s 2009 Competitive Grants Program.  KREC received 43 responses to its Call for Letters of Inquiry.  From those 43 LOIs, Kentucky’s research community submitted a total of 30 Public Abstracts.  Full proposals for these projects are due to KREC on July 6 and awards will be announced in late August 2009.

A preview of KREC’s September Quarterly Meeting & Carbon Forum was also presented to members. The forum will be held September 10 at the Frazier International History Museum in Louisville, KY from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. EST.  Attendees can expect to hear from local and national experts on topics including: carbon policy, effects of climate change on agriculture, land and water resources, the economics of carbon emission reductions, carbon reduction opportunities from agriculture and forestry, energy crops for Kentucky, solutions from the land – technologies to capture, convert and sequester carbon, University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research’s algae project, University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture’s Miscanthus and Switchgrass test plots, and landfill methane gas capture.  Mark your calendar for September 10 and make plans to attend this timely event.

Tony Moreno discusses the potential for a renewable energy professionals group.
Tony Moreno

The meeting’s final speaker was Tony Moreno of RE Strategies, LLC.  Mr. Moreno spoke about establishing a renewable energy professionals group for Kentucky.  The group hopes to bring professionals working in the renewable energy industry together to form a single voice for the industry in Frankfort.

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