SOURCE: Thomas Weisel Partners Group, Inc.

June 12, 2008 05:15 ET

Thomas Weisel Partners Hosts Annual Alternative Energy Conference

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 12, 2008) - Thomas Weisel Partners (NASDAQ: TWPG) (TSX: TWP), a growth sector focused investment bank, will host its Annual Alternative Energy Conference, June 12 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York. Institutional investors and company management will gather for this one-day conference which will focus on opportunities and challenges in the Alternative Energy industry in 2008 and beyond.

The conference will showcase presentations from over 30 established and emerging public and private companies, including those engaged in alternative fuels, energy efficiency, fuel cells, smart grid technologies, solar power, and wind power.

"Rising energy prices, political uncertainty in oil producing regions and increased environmental standards and regulations are creating tremendous potential for alternative energy solutions," said Keith Gay, Head of TWP's Research Group. "We believe the management teams will provide investors with a unique look into various sectors of the alternative energy industry and a chance to find out what is on the horizon for 2008."

Thomas Weisel Partners' Alternative Energy equity research team is led by Jeff Osborne. Mr. Osborne brings 10 years of experience in the financial services industry, including five years of sell-side experience at Thomas Weisel Partners and CIBC World Markets, five years on the buyside at Munder Capital Management and Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. He was most recently ranked third in The Wall Street Journal's 16th Annual Best on the Street analysts survey in the Electronic and Electrical Equipment industry group.

A full list of company participants follows:

ADA-ES Inc.                             Lehigh Technologies
American Superconductor Corporation     Mascoma Corporation
Amtech Systems, Inc.                    Metabolix, Inc.
Ballard Power Systems, Inc.             Metalico, Inc.
BTU International, Inc.                 Microfield Group, Inc.
Composite Technology Corporation        Orion Energy Systems, Inc.
Comverge, Inc.                          Plug Power Inc.
ConsumerPowerline                       PowerSecure International, Inc.
Echelon Corporation                     Renewable Energy Group, Inc.
EnerNOC, Inc.                           Solar Integrated Technologies, Inc.
Evergreen Solar, Inc.                   SunPower Corporation
Fuel Tech, Inc.                         Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd.
FuelCell Energy, Inc.                   VeraSun Energy Corporation
GreatPoint Energy                       Virent Energy Systems, Inc.
GreenHunter Energy, Inc.                Westport Innovations Inc.
groSolar                                Xunlight Corporation
Hoku Scientific, Inc.                   Ze-Gen
ISE Corporation

Thomas Weisel Partners Group, Inc. is an investment bank, founded in 1998, focused principally on the growth sectors of the economy. Thomas Weisel Partners Group, Inc. generates revenues from three principal sources: investment banking, brokerage and asset management. The investment banking group is comprised of two disciplines: corporate finance and strategic advisory. The brokerage group provides equity and convertible debt securities sales and trading services to institutional investors, and offers brokerage, advisory and cash management services to high-net-worth individuals and corporate clients. The asset management group consists of: private equity, public equity and distribution management. Thomas Weisel Partners is headquartered in San Francisco with additional offices in Baltimore, Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, New York, Portland, Silicon Valley, Toronto, London, Mumbai and Zurich. For more information, please visit www.tweisel.com.