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Renewable energy forums, May 1 & 2

DENVER – Two community educational forums on renewable energy will be held, May 1 in Craig and May 2 in Steamboat Springs, to provide information and solicit feedback from Western Colorado citizens. Wind generation of energy, biofuels, solar production, and other energy alternatives will be discussed. The forums are free and open to the public.

Details on the alternative energy forums are as follows:

Craig:
May 1, 5:30 – 9:00 pm, Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave.

Steamboat Springs:
May 2, 8:30 am – noon,
Colorado Mountain College/Alpine Campus, Bristol Hall, Room 204

“Renewable energy, such as wind turbines and raising crops to produce electricity or on-farm fuels, is an excellent economic opportunity for agricultural producers, as well as for entire rural communities,” said John Stencel, RMFU president. “In addition, increasing renewable energy alternatives is important for national security, as well as for environmental reasons.”

The forums will feature a variety of speakers addressing different aspects of renewable energy development. These include: reducing water use with alternative crops, incentives for renewable fuels producers, community resources available to renewable fuel producers, financing & business structure options, and small-scale renewable energy systems that work. In addition to speakers, the forums will feature several displays, including a wind machine, solar panels, and biofuel samples.

The forums are sponsored by RMFU, Colorado Mountain College, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Colorado Big Country Resource Conservation & Development, Governor’s Office of Energy Management & Conservation, Community Agriculture Alliance, and Western Colorado Congress.

For more information on the forums and speakers, contact Tom Potter at 303-283-3528 or tom.potter@rmfu.org, or on the Western Slope, contact RMFU Field Representative Ashley Krest at 970-234-2180.