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Gov. Gary Herbert will discuss his 10-year energy plan April 19 when the daylong 2011 Utah Renewable Energy Conference is held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

Presented by the Utah Solar Energy Association and the Utah Technology Council, the conference will provide information about the technology, financing, legal aspects and federal and state tax credits involved in energy efficiency and renewable energy, which includes solar, wind and geothermal resources.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., industry experts will provide information in a series of panel discussions and presentations. Herbert's talk will focus in part on the likelihood of increasing energy costs and what individual Utahns can do about it.

The emphasis will shift from 5-9 p.m. to the exhibit hall, where companies will have booths offering information about their approaches to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Admission is $30 for association and council members, $45 for nonmembers. A $5 discount is available to members and nonmembers for paying in advance online at conference@utsolar.org. The cost for only the evening session is $5 per person or $10 per family. In addition, the cost is $200 for those hoping to earn four continuing-education legal credits.

Seventeen conference participants may win kits that allow cell phones to be charged anywhere with solar power. The kits are provided by Goal Zero LLC, a Bluffdale-based subsidiary of Provo Craft and Novelty Inc. that makes portable batteries, battery packs and solar briefcases.

Additional information is available at http://www.utsolar.org or 801-836-2420.

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