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April 10, 2013

Symposium to highlight energy conservation

A regional symposium will offer a look at local ways to save energy for area residents and business owners. 

On April 20, Delaware County and SUNY Delhi will host a regional energy symposium to highlight energy conservation improvements and practical alternative energy applications for the home and small businesses. The symposium, titled “Efficiency and Savings for Now and the Future,” will be held at Catskill Hall on the State University College of Technology at Delhi Campus from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Space is limited, and registration is required by Thursday.

The symposium will feature presentations and demonstrations on a variety of energy conservation applications, as well as the practicality and feasibility of locally available alternative and renewable sources of energy for home and business use, according to a media release.  The speakers will include SUNY Delhi professors, alternative energy industry professionals and community organizations engaged in this field. The symposium will also feature vendors from alternative energy businesses, and representatives from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and tours of several renewable energy projects installed on the SUNY Delhi Campus. 

The energy symposium is a first step in the implementation of the Delaware County Energy Plan, which was developed through funding provided through the Appalachian Regional Commission and Delaware County, and adopted by the Delaware County Board of Supervisors in 2012. The plan is an action strategy for reducing energy costs and improving energy self-sufficiency by improved utilization of local resources and conservation of existing resources. It focuses on reducing the county’s dependence upon external sources of energy and fossil fuels; expanding the utilization of local renewable energy resources; and stimulating the development of the local alternative energy industry. 

To register, contact Kelly Blakeslee at the Department of Watershed Affairs at 746-8914 or kelly.blakeslee@co.delaware.ny.us. 

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