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thumb TREEDCUpper Cumberland-area residents will have the chance to learn about renewable energy and ways to reduce the impact of their energy demands on the environment at a forum at Tennessee Tech University.

The second annual Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council forum will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday, July 27, at TTU’s Millard Oakley STEM Center.

Warren Nevad, management consultant for the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service, and Dennis Tennant, associate director of Extended Programs at TTU, will lead discussions about natural gas, solar energy, transforming solid waste to clean energy and biomass gasificaiton. There will also be a presentation about energy efficiency loan programs.

The forum is free, but seating is limited to the first 150 people. To reserve a spot, visit Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The event is sponsored by TTU, the city of Cookeville and UT MTAS.

The council is a statewide grassroots organization of 80 cities and counties dedicated to promoting the economic benefits of renewable energy.