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Harvesting Clean Energy Conference Addresses Range of Issues


Lillian Salerno, USDA Undersecretary for Policy, will be one of the featured speakers at the 2015 Harvesting Clean Energy Conference in Billings. The conference, the 14th in an annual series that has been held in four states in the Pacific Northwest region, is widely considered a premier meeting of experts and wide-ranging practitioners in the agriculture, forestry and energy industries. Its aim is to help advance rural economic development through clean energy development and to explore ways to maximize profits by practicing good stewardship.

The speakers and panels will take on subjects ranging from electric cars, biofuels and community solar-power efforts to strategies for obtaining governmental and private grants.

This year, there also will be panels addressing a number of controversial high-profile subjects. For example, the Montana Farmers Union has organized a panel on “Montana Agriculture in a Changing Environment.” Others include evaluation of Montana’s Renewable Energy Portfolio, net metering and utility interconnections and the EPA Clean Power Plan.

The 2015 HCE will be at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center from Sept.30 – Oct. 2. It is the second Harvesting Clean Energy Conference in a row hosted by the National Center for Appropriate Technology, which is headquartered in Butte.

The conference is open to the public, and there are a number of registration and ticket price options available, including one-day and student registration.

Details, including the conference schedule and speaker bios, are available at For more information, contact Cathy Svejkovsky at or 406-494-8667.


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