Clean, affordable, sustainable, home grown energy here we come!
If you’re reading this blog, chances are you love this state as much as I do. I’m more optimistic than ever about reaching our states potential for making this an even better place to live, work and play.
There are many of us that have a passion for conservation and development of clean, affordable, sustainable, home grown energy. It’s not only great for our area economy, it’s great for national security and our environment.
I am a Fargo City Commissioner and chair Fargo’s Renewable Energy and Conservation Committee that looks for ways to improve our city’s conservation methods and reduce our energy costs.
We also study and implement efficient ways to develop our many raw materials like garbage and sewer waste into cleaner and lower cost energy to make the best use of those resources that used to be considered waste.
I am also one of three members of the Executive Committee of the North Dakota Renewable Energy Partnership. This group was an idea of ND Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnsons and was established in 2003. It is a coalition of 57 diverse companies, utilities like Cass County Electric, Xcel Energy, Ottertail Power, government agencies like the Bank of ND, ND Dept of Commerce Office of Renewable Energy, ND Agriculture Dept, growers like the ND Soy Bean Council, ND Corn Growers, small companies and individuals that share a vision for a cleaner, and even more productive North Dakota.
The NDREP is developing legislation to help our residents invest in and benefit from the development of our renewable resources to provide another avenue of generating revenue without raising taxes to fund those things that will provide the best economic development and improve our way of life; good public education, human services, develop and deliver clean water in a sustainable manner.
Read the renewable energy survey from 600 North Dakotans co-sponsored by the ND Renewable Energy Partnership and the ND Office of Renewable Energy.
These are a few examples of what Fargo is doing to promote the development and use of renewable energy.
Fargo’s landfill will be sorting and bundling trash by the end of this month and collect the methane to provide all it’s energy needs plus be a net energy producer, selling methane and electricity.
I’m glad Mayor Walaker went to Alaska to see some effects of global warming firsthand. Former Mayor Furness signed a resolution to combat global warming at last year’s National Mayors conference.
I think it’s also vital to our economic development growth to develop all our energy resources in a clean, sustainable manner.
Some folks have the impression renewable energy cannot stand on it’s own, like using only wind to power all of Fargo for instance. The idea is not to use wind power alone (or any single type of energy source) , the idea is to integrate many different types of environmentally responsible energy sources (including clean use of fossil fuels) and production processes so what ever is most available or efficient at the time will be used to sync with each other. Merging renewable energy with traditional fossil fuels not only extends those non-sustainable resources, it often makes them burn cleaner.