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Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 11:32am

Savannah To Host Renewable Energy Conference

The City of Savannah will host an international renewable energy conference in 2011.

Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson signed a deal in Austria to bring the meeting to the coastal city.

If sponsors and funding are lined up, the conference could bring a lot of traffic to Savannah.

About 100,000 conference-goers from the U.S. and Europe attended the conference this year in Wels, Austria.

This includes businesses, civic leaders and manufacturers from other countries looking to open markets in the U.S.

The conference will focus on highlighting the value of renewable energy and the ways in which it can be harnessed, such as wood pellets and other biomass fuels.

The conference is expected to highlight the Southeast region as an area with enormous potential for the development of a renewable energy marketplace.

When it was announced, Johnson's trip sparked controversy on Savannah City Council because the Mayor and another Alderman, Larry Stuber, didn't discuss the trip with the full council before Stuber's ticket was purchased.


Orlando Montoya contributed reporting.

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