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2015 Spring Forum at IUPUI: Energy Diversification in Indiana

May 6, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (May 6, 2015) – The Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) announced today that the 2015 Spring Forum, “Energy Diversification in Indiana,” is slated for May 13 on campus.

This annual event brings together industry leaders from business, government and academia to explore key issues surrounding the technology, policy and economics of this exciting period in the history of energy generation.

“The Spring Forum is our biggest event of the year, and this is the biggest topic we’ve ever covered,” said Peter J. Schubert, Director of the Lugar Center for Renewable Energy. “The pace of change in all things ‘energy’ is accelerating, and we want to provide our community a forum for discussing the implications and opportunities.”

This year’s forum is grounded in these facts: (1) Wind power is now cheaper than coal for new facilities; (2) Solar is on track to follow suit in 2017; and (3) Self-generation is becoming feasible and economical for farms and factories.

“Despite falling costs, wind and solar forms of power are less reliable than fossil fuels. Energy storage using batteries or compressed air can level out renewables, but increases the system cost,” continued Mr. Schubert.  “Biomass can help fill in but the technology is still maturing.  Natural gas costs have become attractive just as federal regulations are driving retirement of older coal-fired plants.  The energy sector in Indiana has not been so greatly impacted for generations!”  

Ms. Kelly Huntington, President and CEO of Indianapolis Power & Light, will be the forum’s keynote lunch speaker, building upon the foundations established by Indiana State Representatives Christina Hale and Sharon Nagele in their opening remarks.

Interactive panel discussions, featuring 25 speakers and panelists, will cover these topics: “Indiana Stakeholders in Energy Diversification,” “Emerging Energy Technologies – Indiana Focus,” “Finance and Economics of New Energy Projects,” and “New Opportunities in Biomass, Biofuel and CHP.”  

With breakfast and networking beginning at 8 a.m., the program will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at IUPUI’s Campus Center, Event Room 450, 420 University Boulevard, Indianapolis. Visit www.lugarenergycenter.org to reserve a spot at the forum. The registration fee is $75 for the general public and $100 for attorneys and engineers seeking continuing education credits.  The fee for students is $15. Admission includes breakfast, lunch and afternoon dessert, as well as parking in the adjacent Vermont Street Garage.

About the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy
The Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy was established to address the urgent societal needs for clean, affordable and renewable energy sources, improve the nation’s energy security and reduce the negative impacts of climate change. Its primary mission is to promote research excellence in the area of renewable energy through collaborative efforts among faculty in the disciplines of engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, public policy and environmental affairs. It will promote renewable energy applications through teaching, learning, civic engagement and synergistic partnerships with industry, government labs and local communities.

About the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI

The mission of the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI is to be one of the best urban university leaders in the disciplines of engineering and technology recognized locally, nationally and internationally. The school’s goal is to provide students an education that will give them the leverage to be leaders in their communities, industry and society. For additional information on the School of Engineering & Technology, go to http://www.engr.iupui.edu.

About Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Known as Indiana’s premier urban research and health sciences campus, IUPUI is dedicated to advancing the intellectual growth of the state of Indiana and its citizens through research and creative activity, teaching, learning and civic engagement. Nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and other notable publications, IUPUI has more than 30,000 students enrolled in 21 schools, which offer more than 250 degrees. IUPUI awards degrees from both Indiana and Purdue Universities. For more information, visit iupui.edu.