Each year the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s Energy Fair draws more than 15,000 attendees from across the Midwest and beyond. One of the main attractions is the fair’s keynote speakers, who address current developments, solutions and obstacles facing our planet. This year’s opening keynote address will be delivered by the Director of Democratic Energy at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, John Farrell.
At 1 pm on June 17, Farrell will inspire fairgoers to take control over their energy future. His 50-minute presentation will address how 21st century energy sources – distributed wind, solar, energy storage – and distributed technology – like smart phones, have up-ended the one-time natural monopoly of the electricity system. He will explain how it is no longer necessary, or economical, to give monopoly utilities control of our energy system, when decentralized control and ownership can more rapidly and cost-effectively transform the grid to cleaner energy resources and economically reward our communities.
Farrell has provided data-rich presentations on local renewable energy for the common citizen from Presque Isle, San Francisco, and Berlin. He has keynoted conferences such as Solar Energy Focus in Washington, DC.
In addition to hearing riveting keynote speeches, Energy Fair attendees can choose from more than 200 workshops ranging from topics about electric vehicle maintenance, home-brew wind power, and building solar dehydrators for their garden bounty.