Power Up 2009 Conference in Ft. Walton Beach April 8 – 11

Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (March 27, 2009) – The Gulf Coast Energy Network, in cooperation with the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, the Bay Area Resources Council and Okaloosa County, is bringing together a group of energy leaders, policy makers, scientists, engineers, green building specialists and more for Power Up 2009 Energy Conference & Expo April 8-11, 2009 at the Emerald Coast Conference Center in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Power Up 2009 is the largest event of its kind in the Southeast and will feature a diverse, experienced panel of speakers discussing new and emerging technologies to address the nation’s energy challenges.

“The conference will bring energy experts together with policy makers and elected officials to create a dialogue and help provide solutions to meet our growing energy demand” says Dave Robau, executive director of the Gulf Coast Energy Network. “We are excited to bring speakers of this caliber to the Gulf Coast.”

Dave Robau, CEO and Founder, Power Up

Dave Robau, CEO and Founder, Gulf Coast Energy Network. Photo Courtesy: Gulf Coast Energy Network

Participants will engage in a series of workshops that focus on energy technology, energy policy, finance, low-impact development/sustainability, bioenergy/alternative fuels and building science.

Franklin Baker, Florida’s watershed coordinator for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be the keynote speaker during the Friday lunch session.

Other conference speakers include:

  • Larry K. Acker, Advanced Conservation Technology and ACT Inc. D’MAND Systems – Structured Plumbing® Sustainable Design for Water/Energy Savings
  • Mike Antheil, Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy – Feed-In Tariffs/Renewable Energy Dividend Program
  • Tim Center, Collins Center of Public Policy’s Sustainability Initiatives – Moving Toward Sustainability: People-Planet-Profit
  • Bob Cole, Santa Rosa County Commission and Florida’s Great Northwest Energy Council – Biodiesel: Production and Usage
  • Suzanne Cook, Florida Green Building Council – RePower, ReFuel, Rebuild: Building a Sustainable Future
  • Don Davis, Capital City Bank – Economic Development in the Renewable Energy Sector
  • Victor Garlington, 70 Cents A Gallon – Algae-Based Biofuels
  • David Gwisdalla, Tetra Tech – Implementing Low Impact Development: Planning, Design, Construction Considerations and Case Studies
  • Dr. Rick Harper, University of West Florida’s HAAS Center for Business – The Stimulus Plan and the Advancements of a Green Economy
  • Mike Hess, Mariah Power – Vertical Axis Wind Turbines in an Urban Setting
  • Dierdre Irwin, St. John’s Water Management District – Building Green Communities
  • Michael Joachim, MJA Consulting, LLC – Planning for Energy Uncertainty in Florida
  • Dr. Tawainga Katsvairo, ArcHorizon – Grants, Loans Guarantees and Private Investments: Achieving a Balance
  • Glenn Langan, Gulf Power Company  – EarthCents Program 2009: Energy Efficiency Education and Demand Side Management Programs
  • Dr. Jennifer Languell, Trifecta Construction Solutions – Tax Incentives for Green Building for Homeowners and Builders as well as The Seven Key Concepts of Building Green
  • John Manzanet, 70 Cents A Gallon – Algae-Based Biofuels
  • Dr. Marian Marineau, University of Florida’s West Florida Research and Education Center – RePower, ReFuel, Rebuild: Building a Sustainable Future
  • Todd Miller, Insulated Concrete Technology – Energy Efficient Construction Using Alternative Building Systems
  • Tracy Mullins, MJA Consulting, LLC – Planning for Energy Uncertainty in Florida
  • George “Ron” Omley, HQ Air Force Special Operation Command, Hurlburt Field – Plasma Water-to-Energy Systems
  • Cosimina Panetti, Building Codes Assistance Program – Building Energy Codes Focused on Energy Efficiency
  • Scott Pogue, Agrisa Bioenergy – Energy Security and Energy Independence
  • Jeramy Shays, American Council on Renewable Energy – Renewable Energy Policy: What is Happening in Washington?
  • Sandy Sims, Gulf Power Company – RePower, ReFuel, Rebuild: Building a Sustainable Future
  • Dr. Sesha Srinivasan (invited), University of South Florida’s Clean Energy Research Center – Advances in Clean Energy Technologies
  • Benjamin Stuart, Florida Governor’s Energy Office and Florida Energy and Climate Commission – Florida’s Renewable Portfolio Standards
  • Keith Swilley, Gulf Power Company – Taking Advantage of Geothermal HVAC Efficiencies in Hotel Properties
  • Ben Taube, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance – Moderator for RePower, ReFuel, Rebuild : Building a Sustainable Future
  • Paul Thorpe, Northwest Florida Water Management District – Approaches to Long-Term Sustainability of Northwest Florida Water Resources
  • Christian Wagley, Alys Beach – Moderator for Practical Applications: Building Green Communities
  • Brian Watson, Tetra Tech – Implementing Low Impact Development: Planning, Design, Construction Considerations and Case Studies
  • Al Wenstrand, Florida’s Great Northwest – Woody Biomass Strategy for Northwest Florida
  • Chris Williams, E-MortgageConnect.com – Understanding Energy Efficient Mortgages


To register or review detailed information on each speaker as well as a specific agenda for each day, visit the Power Up Conference website. Pre-conference workshops on April 8, will also be offered for professionals seeking Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Space is limited, so advanced registration is encouraged.

The conference concludes with a Vendor Exhibit Hall open to the public on Sat., April 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at no charge. The public can visit with vendors and learn about innovative building technologies, new products to increase energy and water efficiencies, and other green products and services.

For attendees traveling to Florida’s Gulf Coast for Power Up 2009, the conference has secured special rates at two local properties. The Ramada Beach Plaza Resort, which is certified under the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Lodging Program and located within a mile of the conference location, is the official hotel of Power Up 2009 with rooms starting from $135 per night, plus tax. For reservations, call (800) 874-8962. Special room rates starting from $199 are also available at Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village in Destin (just miles east of the Emerald Coast Conference Center). For rates and reservations call (866) 705-1478. For both properties, space is limited and attendees must mention the Power Up conference to secure special rates still available.

Power Up 2009 sponsors include Gulf Coast Energy Network, Gulf Power Company (platinum), Apollo Windows & Doors (gold), Insulated Concrete Technology (silver), Chevron Energy Solutions (bronze) and BG Dealer Services (bronze).

For more information about Power Up 2009, visit www.Power Up2009.com or e-mail info@PowerUp2009.com.

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BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to save the planet?


  • Education is the key to a better future. Information is what we need now to minimize current problems, but future generations must carry with them the concept of preservation, as it is a civil matter.
  • Individually, everyone should start the day thinking, “What am I going to do today to help preserve the environment?” Single actions, every day, from everyone, will make a huge positive difference in society’s impact on the environment.  
  • We all need to question ourgovernments more about what they are doing to regulate pollution and enhance conservation. Governments have the tendency to only work hard when elections are getting closer, but they also get things done when there is a popular commotion about some specific subject.  

    Julio Marchi, CEO, SIP Global - The Green Foundation

    Julio Marchi, CEO, SIP Global - The Green Foundation

  • Every one of us must always refuse to use harmful products, and always opt for green products whenever possible. It may sound a bit too “activist,” but in fact it can create an impact on companies’ profits. If the harmful products are in less demand from the public, the green products will get more attention from manufacturers. Besides, store shelves act as a meter for store owners about what to sell and what not to sell. If green products run out quickly, store owners will request more frequent replacements from the manufacturers — and in higher quantities. Harmful products will lose space on store shelves.
  • Everyone should join an organization (any organization) and help them to move their projects forward. Regardless of the organization, it is important that everyone participate. For you who are reading this message, I invite you to surf the Internet and find some organizations that have messages you believe in and missions you can support. Regardless whether the organization you choose to support is SIP Global — or any other — the important point is for you to participate in the process. After all, we are all working to save our planet, and when we succeed, we will all be enjoying a better future. If you like our message and agree with the SIP Global mission, we will welcome you and everyone else who wants to become a member and help us with our challenges. In our case, it has no cost and no obligation. But as a member, anyone is able to follow everything we are doing and even interact with the whole process.

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