NORMAL -- The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs will host the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference later this week in Normal.
The Illinois Biomass Working Group -- coordinated by the institute at Western Illinois University -- is hosting the conference at the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University.
Dozens of speakers will address renewable energy policy, technology and examples of projects around the state. Breakout sessions will include talks on biomass, wind, solar and geothermal energy.
The event is open to the public. Registration is required.
Officials say it will be of interest to energy companies, policymakers, local government officials, schools and universities, landowners, contractors, environmental groups and more.