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2014 Conference Information

The 2014 Harvesting Clean Energy will draw participants from a diverse range of fields - from farmers, ranchers, and other rural land owners, to agriculture and forest-based businesses and organizations, facility managers and food processors, to rural utilities, lenders, economic development leaders and elected officials, and representatives of local, state, federal and tribal agencies and clean energy firms, consultants, and supporters.

The preliminary conference tracks are as follows:

  • 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: Downstream Opportunities

Hear from leading experts and practitioners about the steps to successful clean energy projects that can help you cut costs and diversify revenue for your business or facility operationsóbe it on the farm, in the forest or in the city. Learn how you can improve efficiencies and produce clean energy, feedstocks, and co-products for yourself and for market. The renewable energy opportunities addressed include biofuels, woody biomass, microhydro, geothermal, solar, wind and combined heat and power. Conference sessions will also address how rural landowners and businesses in our region can remain resilient in a changing climate.

Learn how your farm, ranch, forest, business, local government or community partnership, tribe, or rural utility can create good, local, clean energy jobs and economic benefits.

Take home valuable technical and financial resources, and meet potential partners.

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Every year, the conference agenda is packed with practical solutions from farmers, experts and leaders with real-world experience getting successful projects built.

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Speaker Information
  • Montana Governor Steve Bullock

    Steve Bullock, Governor of the State of Montana.

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Tour Information
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Learn more about the two on-site tours we have planned.

Conference Cancelation Policy

CANCELLATION POLICY: Washington State University (WSU - conference managing agency) must receive written notification of any canceled registration on or before January 1, 2014. An Administration fee of $100 will be charged on all accepted cancellations. Cancellation notices received after January 1st are NONE refundable. Please email all cancellations to Phone cancellations will not be accepted. Substitutions are welcome at any time. No-shows are responsible for the full registration fee. Exhibitor/Sponsor cancellations do not fall under this policy. Exhibitor/Sponsor cancellations are outlined on the website.

Payment Instructions

Full payment is required before the conference. If payment is not received prior to the conference the attendee's registration could be cancelled and/or the attendee may not be admitted into the conference. A valid PO# or Warrant# will secure the attendee's registration if a check cannot be issued in time. Credit cards are accepted at any time, only Visa or MasterCard please.

If paying by check:

Make Check Out To: Washington State University

Mail To: WSU - Conference Management
Attn: Stephanie Ficca
PO Box 645222
Pullman, WA 99164-5222

Please make sure checks are mailed to the above address attention to Stephanie Ficca in order to ensure the check is credited to the correct account. If the check is not mailed to this address attention Stephanie Ficca WSU will not be held liable for lost payments and may result in cancellation of registration. Please also note on the check which attendee(s) payment is being issued for and include the attendee reference number.

Confirmations, Invoices & Receipts

All confirmations, invoices and receipts will be provided via email, make sure to check your junk mail as this information may be sent there. Please make sure to input the attendee's email address since all communications for the workshop will be sent through the registered email address. If invoices/receipts need to be provided at a different address please email and she will send the invoice/receipt to requested email address.

Rocking Z Ranch Tour ~ $40

9:00 am meet up to travel to Townsend
9:15 am Leave Red Lion hotel (transportation provided)
10:00 am arrive at Rocking Z Ranch
10:15-11:45 tour Rocking Z Ranch
12:15 pm arrive back at Red Lion Hotel

See biodiesel production and use along with solar powered irrigation wheel lines at the beautiful Rocking Z Guest Ranch north of Helena. Owners Zack and Patty Wirth will show why and how they make biodiesel on their ranch, and how it's used in tractors, irrigation pumps and over-the-road vehicles. Zack will show also his solar powered irrigation wheel lines -- the power unit he designed and built himself. Limited to 20 attendees.


Renewable Energy Systems Tour at Townsend School ~ $40

7:00 am meet up to travel to Townsend
7:15 am Leave Red Lion hotel (transportation provided)
8:00 arrive at Townsend School
8:15 am -10:15 am tour the school facility
10:30 am - latest departure time from school
11:30 am arrive back at Red Lion hotel

Renewable Energy Systems Tour at Townsend School See how Townsend School District is leading students and their community on the path of environmental sustainability through renewable energy, energy conservation, community recycling and hands-on learning. Take a tour of the three renewable energy systems on campus—a wood pellet boiler heating system, a grid-tied rooftop solar array, and a 2.4 kilowatt wind turbine installed to help defray demand charges from the football field lights. Wear comfortable shoes and dress warm if you want to see the rooftop solar system.