United Nations Headquarters, 11 June, 2009: In a panel on the Future of Renewable Energy at the inaugural Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization (IREO) Conference, OriginOil CEO Riggs Eckelberry proposed a plan to overtake petroleum.
“In our planning for renewable energy, we have tended to follow old-school energy thinking which focuses on large, centralized facilities,” Eckelberry commented. “We believe the solution is networked and distributed and based on large-scale information sharing.” He continued, “We know that entrepreneurs worldwide want to start making biofuels now for their local communities and industries. That’s the model of the future – we call it ‘mushrooms after the rain’.”
IREO Secretary-General Robson Mello applauded OriginOil’s contribution to both the conference and biofuels industry at large. “We found Riggs Eckelberry’s comprehensive approach to solving our petroleum dependency to be realistic and powerful,” said Mello. “We know we have OriginOil’s full support in rolling out renewable energy solutions throughout the world and we look forward to a long and productive collaboration.”
The following speakers also spoke on the ‘Future of Renewable Energy’: HRH Prince Malik ado Ibrahim of Nigeria, Guillermo Garcia of the Universidad de las Palmas, John Paul DeJoria, owner of Paul Mitchell Systems, Josh Tickell of FUEL The Film, and H.E. Francis Lorenzo, Permanent Representative of the Dominican Republic. The panel was moderated by Dr. Carl Liggio.