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E-M:/ Renewable Energy Policy Discussion on WLBY Saturday, March 8 from11 am until Noon



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Enviro-Mich message from "David" <david@sunward.org>
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For those of you on E-M who are near Ann Arbor...........


Ann Arbor Lifestyles Radio Talk Show to Discuss Renewable Energy Policy


WLBY AM-1290 Ann Arbor's Progressive Talk Radio
Saturday, March 8 between 11 am and Noon

     Ann Arbor Lifestyles talk show host Jackie Wright will be
talking renewable energy policy on Saturday March 8 between 11 am and
Noon.  The topics of the discussion will include voluntary green power
programs, state renewable portfolio standards (RPS), and
feed-in-tariffs.

     Joining Jackie will be Mark Kapner from Austin Energy, one of
the developers of the Austin Energy GreenChoice program which is one
of the nation's most successful voluntary green power programs.  Ann
Arbor and the Ecology Center are requesting the Michigan Public
Service Commission create a voluntary program based on the Austin
Energy program.

     Also participating will be Rep. Kathleen Law who is the author
of the Michigan Renewable Energy Resources Act 5218.  This is a
feed-in-tariff law which mandates a price for renewable energy.
Feed-in-tariff laws have been successful in Europe and Ontario.  Rep.
Law's bill is being replicated in a number of states as a means to
address problems with access to the utility grid and receiving a fair
price for renewable energy.

     In addition, Steve Smiley, a wind energy developer from Traverse
City will be joining the conversation.  Steve worked with Traverse
City Light and Power to develop the nations first wind energy
voluntary green power program.  Steve has spent a great deal of time
in Europe studying their policies and renewable energy technology.

    Lastly, David Wright a member of the Ann Arbor Energy Commission
and the Ecology Center's Clean Energy Program Director will be
discussing the Ecology Center's efforts to create a voluntary green
power program like Austin Energy's.

    It promises to be a lively and entertaining hour discussing
policies which if adopted could create jobs for Michigan factories,
hedge energy prices for Michigan residents and businesses, and reduce
the pollution produced by our existing energy infrastructure.


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