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Renewable Energy Development Meeting March 5 at SDSU

February 28, 2010

A meeting on renewable energy development will be held at South Dakota State University Friday, March 5.

The Center for Rural Affairs, Dakota Rural Action, Plains Justice and the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy are teaming up to host the meeting, which will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in The Rotunda (room A) on the SDSU campus. SDSU’s Department of Rural Sociology is sponsoring the event.

Those attending the meeting will hear from experts on local ownership of renewable energy and learn how to develop renewable energy in local communities. It will also be an opportunity to advocate for a federal renewable energy policy.

Speakers for the meeting are Duane Ninneman, Paul Blackburn and Pat Spears.

Duane Ninneman is owner of Sage Research and Consulting, which specializes in renewable energy research, energy policy and rural community development.

In his work, Ninneman advocates for a progressive energy agenda as a way to create and support rural communities. He often advises legislators and national leaders about the importance of serving rural community needs when making energy decisions.

Paul Blackburn is a staff attorney for Plains Justice, a great plains public interest law center defending environmental justice and a sustainable economy through community partnerships.

He is former executive director of the community-based Energy Development Initiative in Minnesota and has worked as a policy analyst for Windustry.

Pat Spears is president of the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy, which is headquartered on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. Organized in 1994, the council provides a tribal forum for policy issues dealing with telecommunications and energy utility operations and services.

In 2007, the council was awarded the World Clean Energy Award for Courage due to its environmental wind power development plan.

For more information on the meeting, contact Meredith Redlin, SDSU Department of Rural Sociology, 605-688-4132.

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