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.
WIREC 2008, like its predecessor conferences held in Germany and China, focused on specific outcomes and actions.
"WIREC was really our first big 'coming out event' and the response was truly overwhelming," Bosley says.
USDA was one of the major sponsors of WIREC '08, which will next move to India in 2010.
President Bush spoke about the Energy Initiative at the WIREC
and toured Volvo's C[O.sub.2]-neutral trucks on display, which run on biodiesel, methanol/ethanol, biogas, biogas and biodiesel, hydrogen and biogas, dimethylether (DME) and synthetic diesel.
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.
WIREC 2008 will bring together government, business and community leaders from around the world to discuss issues, share successes and identify best practices."
These three objectives will be woven into WIREC's four cross-cutting and policy driven themes: Agriculture and Rural Development; Technology/Research and Development; Finance; and Market Adoption/Deployment.
Billed as "an international platform for government, private sector and non-governmental leaders to jointly address the goal of advancing renewable energy," WIREC 2008 will be held March 4-8 at the Washington Convention Center.
Dorr said WIREC is "an opportunity to share our own experiences, and ultimately to learn from the best practices in other countries as well.