How Virginia and the United States will meet growing energy needs in the future will be the topic of conversation at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1 in Richmond, at a town hall meeting co-hosted by Virginia Tech and ConocoPhillips.

The town hall meeting will be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, located at 403 North 3rd Street.

Richmond residents will discuss Virginia’s and the nation’s energy future as part of a Conversation on Energy, a public outreach program that invites attendees to ask questions and share their ideas on energy solutions that are secure, reliable, available and environmentally responsible.

ConocoPhillips’ representatives and leaders active in renewable energy and energy efficiency, business and industry, the environment and conservation initiatives will provide their views on topics including renewable fuels, alternative energy sources, energy efficiency and conservation, as well as traditional oil and gas development and consumption. Local and statewide business, community and industry associations will participate as partners for the meeting.

Richard Benson, dean of Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering, will serve as moderator for the town hall meeting. Featured panelists for Conversation on Energy Richmond include:

  • John E. Lowe, executive vice president commercial, ConocoPhillips
  • Colette Reynolds, manager, technology development, ConocoPhillips
  • Preston Bryant, secretary, natural resources, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Hugh Keogh, president & CEO, Virginia Chamber of Commerce
  • Joe Tannery, Virginia staff attorney, Chesapeake Bay Foundation


“It is fitting that Virginia Tech is working with ConocoPhillips on this town hall meeting on energy. Last year we held an Energy Research Engagement Showcase. Its overall aim was to develop relationships and partnerships between the researchers and companies, hopefully resulting in more commercial activity related to energy. We featured energy-related research activities in nuclear, biomass, solar, fossil fuels, hydrogen, fuel cells, and wind. Events such as this forum illustrate our continued leadership in this area,” said Benson.

Richmond is the 20th of 35 stops on ConocoPhillips’ nationwide “listening tour.” The town hall meetings foster an open forum for citizens to express their opinions about energy issues and topics, as well as to gain feedback from local and national experts.

Individuals interested in learning more about the Conversation on Energy or registering to attend the town hall meeting can do so online. ConocoPhillips is an integrated petroleum company with interests around the world.

For information, visit the ConocoPhillips website or call Ray Fohr, public relations contact for ConocoPhillips, at 713-513-9503.

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