Colorado Energy Entrepreneurs to Speak at
Sustainable Opportunities Summit
Boulder, CO, February 4, 2006 Jeff Probst, President and CEO of Blue Sun Biodiesel and Tom Feiler, Regional Development Director of Clipper Windpower, will speak at the first annual Sustainable Opportunities Summit, on February 22-24 at the Millennium Hotel in Boulder. The Summit is hosted by the University of Colorado's Robert H. and Beverly A. Deming Center at the Leeds School Of Business and CORE, Colorado's leading sustainable business association, as part of a series of events during Sustainable Opportunities Week, February 21-25.
The Summit will address the drivers and trends shaping demand for sustainable businesses, as well as marketing challenges and business success stories. Speakers from leading corporations, emerging entrepreneurs, and the financial community will discuss the kinds of new business opportunities they see arising in the growing field of sustainability.
Clipper Windpower is at the forefront of the wind power industry. In just three years, Clipper has gone from a small start-up to a public company with $600 million in capitalization. "That is a testament to the strength of the market for renewable energy as well as our success in technology innovation," says Feiler. "In fact, getting capital investment is the easiest part of our business. New equity funds are looking at the renewable energy market for good returns on their investments." Windpower projects provide alternative source of income for farmers renting their land, bring new technical jobs and create a tax base for local communities. "All to produce clean renewable energy that costs a quarter of electricity produced by natural gas and is equal to the cost of coal," says Feiler.
Blue Sun Biodiesel's Jeff Probst agrees. Blue Sun is a Colorado agriculture-energy company and marketer of premium renewable fuels. "Five years ago people thought we were ambitious when we wanted to manufacture fuel from vegetable oil," says Probst. "But 2005 was a profitable year for us, a success which is extremely rare in the renewable energy business." Probst attributes Blue Sun's profits to their practice of responding to what the customer demands. "For a long time consumers have wanted cleaner air and more efficient fuels, but there were no alternatives to traditional fuels," Probst says. "Today prices are up so consumers are now demanding alternatives."
For the Sustainable Opportunities Summit complete program listing, location and hotel information, registration details and other Sustainable Opportunities Week events, please visit: www.corecolorado.org
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