Secretary Ridge Discusses Energy Issues at 2009 CoBank Conference

June 5, 2009

Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Pennsylvania, keynoted the 2009 CoBank Energy Directors Conference, held this year in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

CoBank, a leading cooperative bank serving agri-businesses and rural utilities throughout the United States, designed the conference specifically for directors of America‚Äôs rural energy cooperatives. Topics ranged from government energy policy to today’s current economic climate to strategies for leadership and business success.

Secretary Ridge, now president and CEO of Ridge Global, underscored the important role energy cooperatives play in homeland security. “Since 85% of our critical infrastructure is owned or operated by the private sector, you are instrumental to the nation’s collaborative and collective efforts to keep the country safe,” said Ridge. “Those of you who lead our energy cooperatives have worked hard to meet the security, economic and enviornmental concerns of the last several years, and as we continue to protect and develop energy technologies, we’ll need your leadership and good ideas even more.”

Marc Spitzer, Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, also addressed the conference as did industry speakers covering greenhouse gases, wind power and clean coal technologies.

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