Can rural towns and cities get off carbon pollution?    That’s the topic for a free public meeting on practical strategies that can work in small towns like Alexandria and all over Douglas County. Mike Reese, renewable energy director at the U of Minnesota’s West Central Research Center in Morris will explain how this worked at Morris and can be implemented elsewhere.

Morris has been principal investigator or project manager on $18 million projects on  biomass gasification, wind energy, renewable hydrogen and ammonia and solar-energy systems. Reese is leading the renewable-energy program’s new strategy to reduce fossil-energy consumption in agricultural production by incorporating renewable and efficient energy technologies. He has addressed numerous national and regional conferences on the topic of renewable energy. 

The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the community room, Grand Arbor, Alexandria, 4403 Pioneer Road S.E. The public meeting sponsored by the Citizens Climate Lobby will conclude at noon when the regular monthly conference call will commence. The public is invited to stay for the conference call when a nationally recognized speaker will present a topic of general interest.

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