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Nevada's New Cash Crop: Energy Entrepreneurs

February 5, 2010

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Nevada communities and landowners have a lot of options to "go greener," save energy and make money from it, but not all of them know where to start or how to finance their projects. Some of the nation's experts will offer advice this weekend at the Harvesting Clean Energy conference in Washington State.

Read Smith, a wheat farmer and conference presenter, says the conference will feature entrepreneurial information for towns, farms and businesses of all sizes.

"Bio-economy, energy innovation, food processing, new energy opportunities for irrigated agriculture. Everybody is going to be touched by this."

The list of presenters reads like a "who's who" of business leaders, scientists, utilities, state and federal agencies and members of Congress. The conference includes a tour of several local businesses that are using new energy technology.

Smith says it isn't easy being a pioneer in this field, but those who have taken the lead are beginning to see the payoff.

"The rewards are going to be tremendous, including the equity that's going to stay in our home communities and the security of producing energy locally."

It's the 10th-annual conference, and the theme is to look back 10 years and ahead 10 years at new technology and energy independence for the West.

Conference details are available at www.harvestcleanenergy.org.


Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV