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New Energy Conference a First of Its Kind in the Ozarks

Next month, a first-of-its-kind conference will be held in downtown Springfield to discuss ideas for future new fuels in the area. The Ozarks New Energy Conference will bring together many prominent researchers from across the midwest to meet with local experts to discuss alternative fuels in the Ozarks. KSMU's Greg Leuthen reports.

The Ozarks New Energy or the ONE Conference is a vision that founder Dan Chiles has had for awhile now. While at a trade show in Germany with his brother, they realized how advanced Europeans were in their thinking about alternatives to conventional fuels by embracing the future instead of waiting for it. Chiles, who is on the Springfield City Council, says that inspired him to discuss how this philosophy could benefit Springfield.

So at a Springfield City Council Meeting last June, Chiles presented his idea to have a conference to discuss alternative fuels, and it was very well received. Chiles says many activities will be available for people interested in the development of alternative energy sources in the Ozarks.

Social events and other special events are also in the works. The ONE Conference will take place February 22nd and 23 at the Gillioz Theatre, the Discovery Center, and other downtown venues. For more information about the conference including registration and information about the various speakers, follow the link at


  • Ozarks New Energy Conference Website