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Community Renewable Energy Meetings Kickoff in Mission and Rapid City

February 22, 2010

A series of community meetings featuring speakers on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency will begin a state-wide tour with the first meeting in Mission, SD, February 23, at Sinte Gleska University in the Multipurpose Building at 6:30 p.m.

“There are interesting and new ideas and technologies being discussed in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency that could change the way we think about electricity and how we use it. These meetings will feature speakers who will explore these new ideas,” said Jim Buchholz, a Dakota Rural Action member from Estelline, SD.

The second meeting in western South Dakota will be held in Rapid City, February 24, at School of Mines, Classroom Building 204 W at 6:30 p.m.

The meetings are free to the public and will have a question and answer session following the presentations. There will also be postcards and other materials on hand for the public to use to contact their representatives in Washington.

The meetings are a joint project of Dakota Rural Action, Center for Rural Affairs, Intertribal Council on Energy Policy (IntertribalCOUP) and Plains Justice. The meetings will be in Mission on February 23, Rapid City on February 24, Sioux Falls and Yankton February 27 and Brookings and Aberdeen the first week of March.

The speakers presenting during the meetings in Mission and Rapid City will be:

Pat Spears is president of the Intertribal Council On Utility Policy, headquartered on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. Organized in 1994, Intertribal COUP provides a tribal forum for policy issues dealing with telecommunications and energy utility operations and services, while strongly adhering to the principles of tribal self-determination and ecological sustainability, supporting the development of sustainable homeland economies built upon renewable energy resources.

Jill K. Cliburn is a consultant to the Clean Energy Ambassadors project of Plains Justice. Throughout her long career, she has focused on helping utilities adopt sustainable energy technologies and practices. She is a leader in developing strategies that integrate wind, solar, other renewables, and demand-side programs to increase resource value.

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