Renewable Energy Festival in Washington

The Fourth Annual Northwest Renewable Energy Festival 2003, to be held on the Whitman College campus September 18 through 21, will feature presentations by renowned energy advisor and a solar electric systems designer, as well as tours of the Stateline Wind Energy Center and off-grid and energy efficient homes, renewable energy sessions and workshops, children’s activities, exhibits, and musical performances. All energy festival activities are free and open to the public. Over 1000 people are expected to attend.

Walla Walla, Washington – August 26, 2003 [] Christopher Flavin will deliver his keynote address, “The Post-Petroleum Century: Why Renewable Energy is About to Sweep the Globe,” on Friday, September 20, in Cordiner Hall on the Whitman College campus. Flavin is President and CEO of the Worldwatch Institute, an international research organization whose focus is to move toward an environmentally sustainable future. He is a regular co-author of the institute’s “State of the World Book” that is published in more than 30 languages. Flavin has written about energy strategies and policies, focusing on renewable sources of energy, electricity restructuring, and the potential for hydrogen. He is co-author of three books on energy, including “Power Surge: Guide to the Coming Energy Revolution,” in which he describes the potential shape of a post-petroleum energy economy. Mike Nelson, founder of the Washington Chapter of The American Solar Energy Association, will deliver the keynote address on Saturday, September 20. Nelson and his family lived off-grid for over 26 years on a barge in downtown Seattle and in northeast Washington. He has designed installed solar electric systems in national parks, on tropical islands in the South Pacific, Alaska, and downtown Seattle. Clients have included the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), city governments, and private homeowners. He was the first recipient of U.S. Department of Energy’s “True Solar Champion” award and a co-founder of Western S.U.N. (Solar Utility Network), which is a nonprofit co-operative that develops prepackaged/pre-engineered solar electric systems for residential and commercial use in western Washington. Western S.U.N. has 27 member utilities throughout the Northwest. A Segway Human Transporter, self-balancing, electric-powered human transporter, valued at over US$5000, will be raffled off at the festival on Saturday, September 20. At the event, the Department of Ecology, in partnership with the Inland Northwest Technology Education Center (INTEC) and Washington State University will report initial findings of a comprehensive survey of bioenergy potential in Eastern Washington. The survey concluded that as much as 40 percent of current residential electrical power demand in Eastern Washington could be met by converting latent energy in agricultural and municipal bio-wastes to methane and then using that fuel to power electric generators. More than 30 panels and workshops will include solar, wind, hydro, biomass, geothermal and fuel cell energy topics, energy conservation, alternative home construction, and renewable energy. Interactive educational activities for children will include solar cooking, pedal power generation, renewable energy art, super conducting materials and sterling engines, solar water heating & solar water fountain.
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