First-annual Iowa High School Renewable Energy Conference

Today over 220 high school students from 13 central Iowa high schools gathered for the first-annualIowa High School Renewable Energy Conference at Nevada High School.

“I’m really pleased with how the first year turned out,” said Kevin Cooper, event organizer and agriculture educator at Nevada High School. “It is important for Iowa’s students to learn about renewable energy because they could soon be the industry’s stakeholders.”

The day-long event featured a keynote address from Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, along with six educational sessions on various renewable energy topics. The educational sessions included presentations from:

Iowa Energy Center’s Biomass Energy Conversion Facility

Lincolnway Energy


Indian Hills Agriculture Bioprocessing Biofuels Programs

Alliant Energy

Couser Cattle Company

“There are a lot of things going on in the renewable energy arena here [in central Iowa],” Cooper said. “There are many local opportunities for students interested in biofuels or co-product development from renewables.”

Many attending students had long-term renewable energy interests, but even students interested in other fields were welcome to attend the conference. The conference gave students not only an educational opportunity, but also served as a networking opportunity to learn about future career paths.

The Iowa High School Renewable Energy Conference was sponsored by DuPont Pioneer in cooperation with the Iowa FFA Foundation. It was also awarded a “Planting a Seed” grant by the Iowa Food & Family Project.

“I hope to continue this conference in future years,” Cooper said. “Ideally we could expand the educational sessions to cover more prongs of the renewable energy sector, with sessions regarding LEED certification, photovoltaics, and geothermal.”

Source: Iowa Energy Center

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