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Panelists urge developing mix of energy sources

CASPER -- Because the stability of the U.S. economy relies on the nation's ability to meet increasing energy demand, planners likely won't have to choose between fossil fuels and renewable energy.

It'll take all sources of energy, according to energy experts at a gathering in Casper.

This all-inclusive energy mix means Wyoming has an opportunity to further develop its abundant fossil fuels as well as its wind, solar and geothermal resources.

"We support renewable (energy) knowing we won't see them replace fossil fuels in our lifetime," said Scott Kane, owner of Wyoming-based Creative Energies and board member of the Wyoming Outdoor Council.

Kane was a panelist at an energy summit this week sponsored by U.S. Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo.

Wyoming officials hope that packaging the state's fossil fuels and renewable energy resources will satisfy greenhouse emission standards that many states are imposing on utilities. Wyoming must meet this challenge if it is to achieve its ambition of becoming a major exporter of electricity for the West.

Kane said the Wyoming Outdoor Council supports renewable energy sources, such as wind, although those facilities also have an impact on the environment.

"We believe renewable (energy) can and must be a major part of Wyoming's energy production," Kane said.

Dan Arvizu, director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, said the United States... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
It'll take all sources of energy, according to energy experts at a gathering in Casper.

This all-inclusive energy mix means Wyoming has an opportunity to further develop its abundant fossil fuels as well as its wind, solar and geothermal resources.

"We support renewable (energy) knowing we won't see them replace fossil fuels in our lifetime," said Scott Kane, owner of Wyoming-based Creative Energies and board member of the Wyoming Outdoor Council.

Kane was a panelist at an energy summit this week sponsored by U.S. Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo.

Wyoming officials hope that packaging the state's fossil fuels and renewable energy resources will satisfy greenhouse emission standards that many states are imposing on utilities. Wyoming must meet this challenge if it is to achieve its ambition of becoming a major exporter of electricity for the West.

Kane said the Wyoming Outdoor Council supports renewable energy sources, such as wind, although those facilities also have an impact on the environment.

"We believe renewable (energy) can and must be a major part of Wyoming's energy production," Kane said.

Dan Arvizu, director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, said the United States relies on fossil fuels for 85 percent of its energy, and that level of dependence is not expected to decrease for the foreseeable future.

"So we need to do it cleaner," Arvizu said of fossil fuels.

Arvizu said energy efficiency must be a priority, and some communities are already realizing the benefits. Denver, for example, recently replaced all of its traffic lights with energy-efficient LED lights. He said the payback on that investment is only 18 months, and the LED lights last four times longer than traditional lights.

"It's easy to do," Arvizu said.

University of Wyoming professor Sadrul Ula said many Wyoming ranchers are realizing the benefits of small-scale wind and solar power systems, thanks to federal incentives in the 2002 farm bill.

He said simple solar panels and wind turbines help ranchers pump stock water and allow them to open up more grazing land.

"So struggling ranchers can have an income stream," Ula said. "This wind and solar is adding value to our ranching communities."  
 



Source: http://www.billingsgazette....

APR 15 2006
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