The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy will sponsor a conference on renewable energy Oct. 10-12 at the Americas Center in St. Louis.

The event, “Advancing Renewable Energy: An American Rural Renaissance,” is designed to create partnerships and strategies that will accelerate commercialization of renewable energy industries and distribution systems, the crux of President Bush's Advanced Energy Initiative.

Leaders from government and industry will address renewable energy topics such as building supply and distribution; encouraging demand; adapting and building infrastructure; creating effective market models and partnerships; what USDA and DOE are doing to advance renewable energy; and other timely topics.

Attendance is open to the public. All attendees must register for the conference, including press, who may attend without charge.

For more information and for registration, visit: www.AdvancingRenewableEnergy.gov.