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Holy Cross hosts renewable energy forum

Lynn Burton Post Independent Staff

A traveling forum, Colorados Energy Harvest What Next? kicks off its statewide tour at Holy Cross Energy headquarters at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3.We chose Glenwood Springs because Holy Cross supports alternative energy, said forum spokesperson John Stencel. And the people there are more supportive than in other areas.Stencel said the forum is timed to correspond with renewable energy portfolio legislation that will be introduced in the state legislature next January.The goal is for Colorado to have a 10 percent portfolio of renewable energy, in 10 years or less, said Stencel, president of the Colorado Mountain Farmers Union.Other forum sponsors are: the Colorado Governors Office of Energy Management and Conservation, Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado Big Sky RC&D, and Independent Bankers of Colorado.The forum is open to the public, and lasts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program is as follows: 9:30 a.m. Exhibits open. 10 a.m. Introductions. 10:15 a.m. Farm fuels overview, with Tom Potter, principal for the New Center for Rural Economic and Energy Development. 10:45 a.m. Colorados Rural Energy Initiatives, with Ed Lewis, from the Governors Office of Energy Management and Conservation. 11 a.m. Local Renewable Resource Focus, with a solar advocate (to be announced). 11:20 a.m. Capturing the Economic Benefits of Renewable Energy in Colorado with Projects and Policies, by Mark Schofield of Western Colorado Congress. 11:40 a.m. Colorados Bioethanol Future. 12:10 p.m. The Economics of Renewable Energy, with Craig Cox of the Colorado Coalition of New Energy Technologies. 12:30 p.m. Local Call to Action to Support the Economic Benefits of Renewables.Holy Cross Energy is located at 3799 Highway 82, just south of Buffalo Valley restaurant.For more information, call Stephanie Bonin, at Coloradoans for Renewable Energy, 303-573-3871, ext. 308. Colorado is poised to develop a new kind of crop energy, Bonin said.Developing wind, biofuels, solar and more could bring more than $1 billion worth of economic development to our state.Other stops on the tour this December include Durango, Lamar, Akron and Greeley. January stops include Wray, Burlington and the San Luis Valley.Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext. 534lburton@postindependent.com

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