Thomas Weisel Partners Hosts Annual Alternative Energy Conference

6/12/2008, 11:15 AM (Source: GlobeNewswire)
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

Investor Relations Contact:
Deborah Lightfoot

Media Contact:
Crystal Odessky
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