MARQUETTE – Renewable energy will be the topic of a seminar and town meeting to be held at Northern Michigan University on Saturday, Jan. 17. The public is invited to attend the events free of charge.

State and regional experts will address technology, legislative opportunities and hurdles, regional feasibility, and the environmental benefits and impacts as they relate to renewable energy in Marquette and the Great Lakes Region.  

Both events will be held in the Explorer Rooms of the NMU University Center. The introductory seminar on small, home-scale wind and solar systems is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon. John Wakeman of S.U.R. Energy Systems will serve as the presenter.

A wind energy town hall meeting will be held from 2-4 p.m., with a panel of experts making individual presentations followed by an hour of open discussion. Members of the panel are as follows: Jeff Anthony, WE Energies; John Dunlop, American Wind Energy Association; and Tom Stanton, Michigan Public Service Commission. The panel discussion will be moderated by Aileen Gow of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA).

The GLREA is a non-profit organization that advocates, promotes and publicly demonstrates renewable energy technologies. It will use a grant from the State of Michigan Energy Office and the U.S. Department of Energy to sponsor the seminar and town hall meeting. The Graduate Student Union at NMU is co-sponsoring the events.

“Energy policy is one of the biggest societal concerns facing the next generation of Americans,” said Jennifer Silverston of the GSU. “Low-impact, sustainable energy production is the future of the consumer energy industry and it is very important to educate students about this subject now.”

In addition to students, Silverston said the information presented will be relevant to energy providers, planners, municipalities and concerned citizens. The events are also supported by Marquette Citizens for Wind Energy and the NMU Student Finance Committee.

For more information contact Aileen Gow at (800) 434-9788 or Rob Gorski at (906) 362-7245. Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ 

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director