Renewable energy expert, lobbyist to discuss Notre Dame’s role

Author: Shannon Chapla and Paul Horn


Mike Sloan, a renewable energy consultant and 1984 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, will deliver a lecture titledEmerging Renewable Energy Markets: What is Notre Dames Role?at4 p.m.Thursday (Nov. 2) in the auditorium of theHesburghCenterfor International Studies on campus.

Sponsored by the Universitys Center for Social Concerns andReillyCenterfor Science, Technology and Values, the talk is free and open to the public.

Wind, solar power and biofuels are rapidly expanding as viable energy options for theUnited States, offering benefits for environmental quality, economic development and homeland security.Sloans presentation will provide an overview of the current global market for renewable technologies and explore opportunities for Notre Dame to use renewable resources on campus, improve emerging technologies and educate tomorrows professionals in the industry.

A registered Texas lobbyist and president of Virtus Energy Research Associates Inc., Sloan is regarded as a leading expert on renewable energy development, program design and regulations.He has given numerous international presentations and served as project manager for a national award-winning renewable energy education fact sheet series and author or project director for more than a dozen technical papers and three books.

Sloan, who was appointed to the Texas Energy Coordination Council (2000-2002) by then-Governor George W. Bush, earned his bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from Notre Dame and his masters degree from theUniversityofTexas.

* Contact: * _Paul Horn, Center for Social Concerns,

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