Energy Expo is Wednesday at the county fairgrounds in Rifle |

Energy Expo is Wednesday at the county fairgrounds in Rifle

Heidi RiceRifle CorrespondentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado A car powered by natural gas, a wind-power exhibit by Holy Cross Electric, a solar energy exhibit by Ameresco and a program by the National Energy Education Development will be some of the new features of the seventh annual Energy Expo sponsored by EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, at the Garfield County Fairgrounds.The expo serves as an opportunity for the community to understand more about the energy industry in western Colorado. It provides people who live and work in this area the chance to speak one-on-one with representatives from EnCana and other operators, contractor companies, work force-training groups, government and regulatory agencies and alternative energy companies.There have been a lot of changes in the last year in the way Colorados energy resources are developed, said Kathy Friesen, education advisor and expo director. The expo continues to be an educational forum for the community to gain firsthand knowledge about the natural gas industry, environmental initiatives and alternative energy. We encourage everyone to come out and ask questions.The natural-gas powered Honda Civic GX will be on display with information that contrasts and compares that to a traditional gas-powered vehicle.Theres over 150,000 of these vehicles on U.S. roads today, Friesen said.EnCana recently launched its Drive NGV employee program and has introduced a small fleet of business and commuter-use natural gas powered vehicles to its employees to help increase awareness of the virtues of natural gas as a clean commercially available fuel source.More than 80 exhibits will be on display at the expo. About 2,000 people are expected to attend the event.

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