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.

Speakers for the event include a roster of government and industry leaders, including Samuel Bodman, Secretary of Energy; Mike Johanns, secretary of agriculture; Thomas Dorr, USDA under secretary for rural development; Raymond Orbach, DOE undersecretary for science; Alexander Karsner, DOE assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy; Keith Collins, USDA chief economist; Red Cavaney, president and chief executive officer, American Petroleum Institute;

Charles Holliday, chairman and chief executive officer, DuPont; Patrick Wood, chairman of the North American Advisory Board of Airtricity, Inc.; Matthew Simmons, chairman and chief executive officer, Simmons and Company International;

Vinod Khosla, founder, Khosla Ventures, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, and former partner of Kleimer, Perkins, Kaufield & Byers, a venture capital firm; Robert W. Lane, chairman of the board, president, and chief executive officer, Deere and Company; Matthew Simmons, chairman and chief executive officer, Simmons and Company International, a specialized energy investment banking firm; and Patricia A Woertz, president, chief executive officer, and member of the board of directors, Archer Daniels Midland Company.

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.