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Biomass energy-part of our clean energy future

As Vermont plans for our energy future, more and more Vermonters are seeking homegrown solutions to meet our energy needs. Biomass energy from sustainable harvesting of our forests could be part of our clean energy future, if it’s done right.

Thursday evening in Norwich our friends at a number of local, state and national environmental groups are cosponsoring a forum on the role biomass energy might be able to play in our energy future. If this is a topic you’re interested in, I hope you’ll consider checking it out. All the details are below.

Best,
James

Public Forums on the Role of Forests in Vermont’s Energy Future

A diverse collaborative of stakeholders is convening a series of public forums to add to the dialogue about how Vermont communities might harness the potential of forest biomass to help provide renewable energy on a sustainable basis. Please join us for the forum in White River Junction on July 8 at the Bugbee Senior Center.

The goal of the forums is to engage Vermonters in a conversation that looks at how wood from our forests can produce efficient, renewable energy while ensuring long-term forest health and maximizing benefits to communities.  These forums are intended to serve as an opportunity to hear from Vermonters about their interests, concerns, and hopes for biomass in Vermont.  In addition, the goal is to elevate public awareness about important biomass energy issues including maintaining forest health, maximizing efficiency, and balancing the social, environmental and economic costs and benefits of forest biomass energy.

When and Where:
– July 8, 2010 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.  – White River Jct. – Bugbee Senior Center

Agenda:
– Biomass in Vermont: Facts, Issues, Principles and Opportunities (40 minutes)
– Local Initiative – Montpelier’s proposed ‘District Heating’ initiative (5 mins)
– Future of Forest Energy Resources in Vermont (60 minutes) (Small group discussions)
– Reports from small group discussions and summary of key points (10 mins)
– Wrap-Up, Next Steps and Adjourn (5 mins)

Sponsors:
These public forums are sponsored by the Biomass Energy Resource Center, Forest Guild, National Wildlife Federation, Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club, Vermont Natural Resources Council, the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission.

Refreshments will be provided.

Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG)
141 Main St., Ste. 6, Montpelier, Vermont 05602
v. (802) 223-5221 | f. (802) 223-6855 | vpirg@vpirg.org | www.vpirg.org

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