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SEMINAR ON THE LATEST ADVANCES IN BIOMASS GASIFICATION AS ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCE

(ROCKY HILL, CONN., May 8, 2001) – A Wednesday, June 20th seminar will present information on a clean and plentiful alternative to fossil fuel-generated energy. “Biomass Gasification: The State of the Art” will be held at the Holiday Inn in Cromwell from 9:00 to 1:30 pm.

Presented and sponsored by The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, the seminar will feature discussions of Connecticut’s current energy mix and its future in the use of renewable energy sources. Internationally known researcher Virinder Singh will be the luncheon speaker. Dr. Singh is the research director of the Renewal Energy Policy Project in Washington, DC. Other speakers will discuss: Connecticut’s energy resources, large gasifiers; small scale gasifiers; microturbines and fuel cells and biomass.

“We felt it was important at this time for us to present the latest advances in biomass gasification,” says Subhash Chandra, Director of Investments for the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. “This process has the potential to produce energy as clean as natural gas, but with local resources that are not subject to supply constitutions, price spikes or international controls. This is all part of The Clean Energy Fund’s charge to diversity the mix of energy sources and offer the ratepayers of Connecticut viable alternatives for their power.”

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund invests in enterprises and other initiatives that promote and develop sustainable markets for energy from renewables and fuel cells that will benefit the ratepayers of Connecticut. The fund was created by the Connecticut General Assembly as part of legislation deregulating electric utilities.

The seminar is free and includes lunch. It is open to the public, but pre-registration is required by June 15. No walk-ins. For more information and registration, contact Lisa Varvelli at The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund at (860) 563-6977 or check their website, www.ctcleanenergy.com.