ASHLAND – “Trends in alternative energy and biofuels” is one of four panel discussions scheduled for the third Lake Superior Technology Conference, to be held Aug. 6-7 in Ashland. The conference is being produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council, the Wisconsin Innovation Network Lake Superior Chapter and other Lake Superior region partners.

Wisconsin’s newly created Office of Energy Independence is coordinating the state’s effort to advance clean energy, biofuels, bioproducts and renewable energy.   Learn how this agency is working to make Wisconsin a leader in renewable energy and its implications for the Lake Superior region.

The state’s private sector is ramping up the production of biofuels.  Hear from Bob Sather, president of Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance on the advances being made in biofuel facilities and production in the state and why Wisconsin is on its way to becoming a national leader.

Panelists joining Sather in a panel discussion are Tim Kane and Tom Wojciechowski, natural resource and economic development educators for Bayfield and Ashland County; and Brian Driscoll, community relations, Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence.

“The biofuels revolution has the potential to accelerate growth in northwest Wisconsin’s economy, especially if the right technologies, resources and people combine to create new companies,” said Tom Still, president of the Tech Council.

The conference will be held on the WITC campus, 2100 Beaser Ave. in Ashland. Other panel discussions throughout the day will cover:

-    Eco-Industrial development
-    Regional economic development models
-    Education as an economic driver

Other panelists and moderators will be announced in coming weeks.

The conference begins 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6 with a reception and networking event at the Hotel Chequamegon, 101 Lakeshore Drive West. It will be immediately followed by a 7 p.m., cruise of Ashland harbor departing from the hotel’s dock.

General registration for the conference is $50 ($35 for WIN members, $15 for students) and includes the reception, cruise and all Aug. 7 events and meals. Register online through 12:00 noon on Aug. 5 at or at the event.

WIN is the membership subsidiary of the Wisconsin Technology Council, the science and tech policy advisers to the governor and the Legislature. To join WIN, go to or call Liz Katz at 608-442-7557, ext. 27.