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BU Energy Club holds Energy Forum Friday

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Being energy-conscious doesn’t mean a person needs to spend a lot of time installing solar panels, replacing windows, or growing organic vegetables. But it’s important to know the facts and the steps necessary to improve energy use, says Patrick Coyne (GRS’10), vice president of BU’s Energy Club, host of the annual BU Energy Forum.

The purpose of the forum, on Friday, April 9, is to make people more aware of the importance of energy efficiency. The keynote speaker is Ian Bowles, secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Coyne hopes the event will attract a diverse group of people to the Energy Club to discuss efficient energy practices.

“This is the biggest event of the year for BU Energy,” he says. “I think everyone has an opinion on energy; it’s a topic that is on everyone’s minds.”

The demand for energy remains high, as does the challenge for businesses and companies to become environmentally conscious. Friday’s panel discussion, titled Corporations and Start-ups in a Carbon-Constrained World, will focus on the interaction of traditional corporations and clean energy start-ups in a world where cheap, abundant energy is no longer available and damage to the environment must be considered. Panelists include Stuart Patterson, CEO of Nexamp, Jay Nihalani, director of carbon solutions for EnerNOC, Edward White, National Grid vice president of energy products, and Bill Staby, founder and CEO of Resolute Marine Energy.

The Energy Forum runs from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at the School of Management, 595 Commonwealth Ave. The keynote address is at 4 p.m., the panel discussion begins at 5 p.m., and a networking reception is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Register online here. Advance registration is $5 for University affiliates, $10 for the general public; registration at the door is $10 for University affiliates, $15 for the general public. Price includes food and drink at the reception.

Anna Webster can be reached at annaweb@bu.edu.

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