The premier energy event of 2012 in Kane County takes place on Wednesday, May 16, at the Kanab Middle School at 6 p.m. as part of the Amazing Earthfest. Four power-packed tracks covering conventional, unconventional, renewable and additional energy sources dealing with the hottest topics in energy today.

Energy symposium speakers include:

Perry Thomson, Associate Director of Southern USTAR TOIP and Special Projects Director for the Office of Energy Development (OED), will make a presentation on Utah’s 10 Year Energy Strategy.

Andy Swapp, a high school teacher, retired military sergeant and Kanab native, and an expert on renewable energy development in Utah, will highlight his role with the development of the Milford wind farm, home to a 200 megawatt electricity generation project powerful enough to supply around 50,000 homes.

Kevin Shurtleff, PhD, Utah State’s Energy Dynamics Laboratory, will update the community about the Kanab Sewer Ponds floating algae pond, where water is used to grow algae at high enough densities to where it makes sense to harvest it and then convert it into fuels and other bioproducts.

Richard Boardman, PhD, Energy Security Initiative Lead, Idaho National Laboratory, will round out the list of speakers with a presentation entitled Achieving Environmental Sustainability with Renewable Energy Resources.

“We are fortunate to have this world class panel of experts convening in Kanab to discuss energy topics and how they relate to each one us,” said CEBA Director Kelly Stowell, adding, “Anyone who uses electricity in Kane County and the surrounding region should attend this seminar offering insight and understanding on important energy issues and the future of energy development in Utah.”