University of Memphis conference to focus on energy

On November 23, 2011, in News 2011, by Mark Norris

Agencies, companies to discuss future policies
By Richard Locker, Commercial Appeal
November 23, 2011

The University of Memphis is hosting an energy summit on campus Tuesday to explore energy-related developments in the region. The three-hour event is free and open to the public.

The conference is presented by the U of M’s Papasan Public Policy Institute and will bring agencies and companies together to discuss the future of energy policy in Memphis and the Mid-South. It is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon at the Rose Theatre.

“We really wanted to highlight the major changes taking place in our region, from solar to biofuels and natural gas to wind and nuclear,” said Kevin Roper, executive director of the Papasan Institute and U of M’s chief of government relations.

“This will give senior executives in the region and the general public a chance to hear the major changes taking place in energy and the direction agencies and companies are heading from a policy standpoint.”

State Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, the state Senate majority leader, will moderate the conference, which will include presentations by executives of America’s Natural Gas Alliance, Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division, Sharp Electronics Crop., the U of M Center for Biofuel Energy and Sustainable Technologies, Sustainable Shelby, the Tennessee Valley Authority, Clean Line Energy Partners and FedEx Corp.

There will be information booths and flex-fuel vehicles on display.

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and state Sen. Beverly Marrero, D-Memphis, chairwoman of the Shelby County Legislative Delegation, will open the summit.

To register, contact Beverly Cook at [email protected] or online at

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