Tucumcari preps for RENEW 09, June 23-24

Thomas Garcia

The board of the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corp. discussed the upcoming RENEW 2009 conference at the Tucumcari Convention Center. The conference is set for June 23-24.

“This year the conference will be webcasted,” said Patrick Vanderpool, EDC executive director. “We have many online outlets promoting this year’s conference.

During Monday night’s meeting Vanderpool said those outlets include, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and the RENEW 2009 Web Site.
The information featured on the sights include conference schedules mission statements and videos.

Vanderpool said keynote speakers at the conference will be Commissioner Pat Lyons, New Mexico State Land Office and Secretary Fred Mondragon, New Mexico Economic Development Department and Rory McMinn, board member of the state’s Renewable Energy Transmission Authority (RETA).

There also will be presentations from experts in the renewable energy field such as Wes Perrin, Wind Powering America and San Miguel Power Association and Jeremy Turner of RETA.

From Quay County Robert Lumpkin, consultant, of Tucumcari and Johnna Bruhn, a representative of a landowners association, of Logan, will be on a panel discussing landowner associations. The topics to be discussed will include solar and wind energy, rural electric co-ops, landowner associations, and plans for development and expansion of high voltage transmission lines in New Mexico.

RENEW Schedule:
June 23
10 a.m.-8 pm., Landowner association meetings
9 a.m.-noon, registration
1 p.m.-5 p.m., expo open
6 p.m., reception and shrimp boil

June 24
8 a.m.-5 p.m., expo open
8 a.m., registration, breakfast
8:30 a.m, opening session
9:30 a.m and 9:45 a.m., morning sessions
Noon, lunch
1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., afternoon sessions.
A complete program can be download at the RENEW 2009 Web Site, www.empoweringtheland.com.