This article reports on the WIREC 2008 proceedings related to the potential and challenges facing bioenergy.
A key observation made by all WIREC 2008 speakers was the positive impact that renewable energy development is having on farmers and small communities.
To help meet this challenge, WIREC '08 (Washington International Renewable Energy Conference) brought together more than 3,000 delegates (including government, industry and academic leaders) from 113 countries, all with the same basic goal: to accelerate the development and deployment of all types of renewable energy.
Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer said WIREC '08 marked "the first global conference of this magnitude that recognizes agriculture's importance as a driver of renewable energy.
USDA was one of the major sponsors of WIREC
'08, which will next move to India in 2010.
Dorr said WIREC is "an opportunity to share our own experiences, and ultimately to learn from the best practices in other countries as well.
For registration and other information on the 2008 WIREC conference, please visit: www.