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Harvesting Clean Energy Conference in the Tri-Cities

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Going green has been a big movement world wide. This week that movement branched out to the Tri-Cities for the annual Harvesting Clean Energy Conference.

About 35 exhibitors from all over the Northwest came to the conference to show at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick to see what our future could look like and how local businesses could run if we continue with the "going green" movement.

We talked with several local clean energy business owners. They say over the years they've seen growth over seas, especially in China. But they're working to bring that growth to the United States, and to the Tri-Cities by creating new jobs and expanding technology.

Ed Cousineau with American Solar Company said, "What's important to me is to see this technology implemented instead of being a theoretical thing. We turn it into reality."

Felix Vargas, the U.S. Advisory Committee Chairman said, "We have the opportunity to be the world leader in the development of renewable energy and we can't stand idly while other countries take the leadership on us."

The conference showcases businesses ranging from solar technology development to wind power development. The last day of the conference is Tuesday, Feb. 9th.