Mines to host Second Annual Energy Africa natural gas and renewables conference

DENVER, Colo., Oct. 28, 2012 – The Global Commerce Forum recently announced key speakers and the agenda for the second annual Energy Africa Conference scheduled for Nov. 8-9 on the Colorado School of Mines campus in Golden, Colo.

The event will bring together global experts to strategize on how to create a synergy between natural gas and renewable energy development across Africa.

During the two-day event, top researchers, entrepreneurs and industry leaders will take a fundamental look at the future of energy development and how business is currently being done on the ground in Africa. They will also address the work they are doing to help improve Africa’s energy environment by providing affordable, scalable and sustainable energy options. By analyzing what is currently being done on the ground in Africa, in addition to across the globe on behalf of Africa, the conference will generate new ideas and different ways for the continent to explore its own energy resources.

Key speakers include:

“We are thrilled to welcome back the Energy Africa Conference to Colorado,” said John Hickenlooper, governor of Colorado. “It is without a doubt that the spirit of collaboration and innovation thrives here in Colorado. We hope that same spirit is shared among attendees and speakers as they work together to create opportunities for sustainable development across Africa.”

The conference agenda includes several sessions that explore large-scale and distributed renewable energy, new developments in Africa’s natural gas supply, domestic market development opportunities, as well as emergent micro grid technology. Students, individuals and academics are encouraged to attend and share in the findings and the work that is being done.

“Last year alone, 10,000 MW of diesel engines were installed in Africa, along with tens of billions in diesel subsidies,” said Jigar Shah, Partner, Inerjys Ventures. “This event will provide a forum to really make a difference for the people of Africa by showcasing how natural gas and renewables are essential to boosting the local economy by reducing imports and creating greater self-sufficiency.”

To register and/or learn more about the Energy Africa Conference, please visit: www.energyafricaconference.com.

The media is encouraged to attend all the conference keynotes and sessions.

For media inquiries please contact: Emily Haggstrom at emilyh@icosamag.com or 303-394-6210.

Mines contact: Karen Gilbert, Director of Public Relations / 303-273-3541 / KGilbert@mines.edu