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Community forum to address alternative energy

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A community forum on alternative energy will be held from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Summit County Community and Senior Center near Frisco.The forum will begin at 7, and attendees are encouraged to arrive any time after 6:30 for complimentary refreshments. The panel includes:- Dan Bihn, Northern Colorado Renewable Energy Society. An electrical engineer with 20 years of experience in distributed monitoring and control systems design – including undersea robots, cardiac pacemakers, agricultural greenhouse control systems, and, more recently, distributed energy generation systems. He is a board member of the Northern Colorado Renewable Energy Society, a member of the Fort Collins Utility Electric Board and the chair of the local Sierra Club’s Energy Committee. He is principal of Bihn Systems, LLC.- Rick Gilliam, Western Resource Advocates. With WRA since 1994, helping to catalyze the adoption of a solar portfolio standard in Arizona and the cleanup of Denver metro area power plants. He has over two decades experience in the electric industry, appearing as an expert witness in numerous forums, primarily as an expert on utility financial incentive issues. Rick was a senior utility manager in Public Service Company of Colorado’s rates and regulation department, where he helped convince the company to pursue energy efficiency. Prior to his 12-year stint at Public Service Company, he spent over six years at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reviewing wholesale rates. Rick received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.A. in environmental policy and management from the University of Denver.- Garrett Sullivan, M.D. A local producer and consumer of biodiesel. Biodiesel is a fuel comprised of mono-alkyl esters of long chain fatty acids derived from vegetable oils or animal fats, designated B100, and meeting the requirements of ASTM D 6751. The forum is hosted by Our Future Summit.


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