Udall to Speak at Energy Fair

Randy Udall, writer and director of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE), will be the featured speaker at the 2003 Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair, June 21.

Custer, Wisconsin – May 29, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] In 2000 CORE started the nation’s first Renewable Energy Mitigation Fund in Aspen, Colorado, which has collected US$1.5 million in fees to install Renewable Energy systems. Working with Holy Cross Energy, a rural utility serving 40,000 customers, CORE assists with promoting Renewable Energy and energy efficiency. Holy Cross leads the nation in grid-connected solar electric systems among rural electric utilities. Under Udall’s leadership, CORE paved the way for the first ‘solar production incentive program’. This program reimburses customers who install solar electric systems for their energy. When combined, CORE’s programs will keep 500 million pounds of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere over the next 20 years. An increase in greenhouse gases leads to global warming. Greenhouse gases are accumulating in the atmosphere beyond natural levels and human activities, in particular fossil fuel burning, are responsible. Greenhouse gases raise the temperature at the surface and lower atmosphere of the planet by trapping some of the heat absorbed and reradiated toward space by earth. The reality of global warming is a clear and present danger to global security and the well-being of billions of people across the planet. The accelerated extinction of species and the obliteration by the rising sea of entire low-lying nations, as well as immense social and economic disruption to the lives of virtually all nations, are in prospect. Udall himself lives in a solar electric and solar heated home that is connected to the utility grid. His system keeps 20,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas, out of the atmosphere each year. Udall will discuss Renewable Energy and energy efficiency topics in his keynote address at the Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair. His address will take place on Saturday, June 21, at 3:00 p.m. at the ReNew the Earth Institute in Custer, Wisconsin.


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