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IVEDC Hosts 12th Annual Imperial Valley Energy Summit

News | April 25, 2019

IMPERIAL — The Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation (IVEDC) hosted a three-day Imperial Valley Energy Summit April 24–26, bringing together industry leaders who presented current developments in energy and technology at IVC.

In a press release, IVEDC said the 12th annual summit focused on discussing technical advancements, development trends, sustainable solutions in agriculture, manufacturing, clean energy, minerals, water, and telecommunications. 

The summit opened with welcome remarks by Deborah McGarrey, IVDEC board chair, and Jonathan Weisgall of Berkshire Hathaway Energy. 

 

This was followed by a panel discussion on “Imperial Valley’s Natural Resources — The Promise of Opportunity: Past, Present and Future” and breakout sessions on the topics of bringing breakthrough energy technologies to Imperial Valley, plus preparation and access for the workforce.

In the afternoon, participants attended another panel discussion on “Modern Agriculture: New Crops, Manufacturing and Technologies.” Breakout sessions followed on algae and biofuels, how to start a business, and industrial hemp. 

Wayne Richman, executive director of the California Hemp Foundation and the California Hemp Association (CHA), was one of the breakout session speakers. According to Richman, luxury car manufacturers were already using these products on their panels and upholstery materials. Dave DiNapoli of the CHA joined him in responding to inquiries about industrial hemp from 25 attendees. 

With its rich agricultural resources, Imperial Valley is ripe for another crop that will bring economic growth to the county. 

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