Miles Community College to host 3-day energy summit


By Tracey Laqua

     MILES CITY - Miles Community College, Montana—Dakota Utilities Co. and the University of Montana College of Technology are getting together to host an energy summit in Miles City March 10, 11 and 12.
     The summit meetings will focus on energy efficiency, renewable energies and funding sources, according to John Munsell, Biofuels Coordinator at MCC.
     On March 10, the session from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. will be for school administrators. The 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. session on March 11 will focus on government officials. The 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. session on March 12 will provide information for agricultural producers. These meetings will be in the VA hospital building across from MCC.
     Homeowners, business owners and other interested members of the public are encouraged to attend the evening outreach session on March 11 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at MCC in room 106. This meeting will cover energy audits, efficiency and funding resources.
     “The goal is to bring under one roof a variety of speakers to educate people about the variety of funding sources,” said Munsell. “I think we are all on board with the green movement, we all want to save money on utility bills, but the real question is how we can afford to.”
     Munsell noted that adding energy-efficient tools like better doors, windows, light bulbs and insulation are the quickest way to save on utility bills.
     MDU will have speakers present to talk about energy rebates for customers. 
     At the evening meeting, Allan Schock of Jerry’s Refrigeration and Doug Kirkpatrick of Action for Eastern Montana will talk about energy audits for homes or businesses. Action for Eastern Montana provides free energy audits for lower-income families. Schock will discuss how to get energy audits done for those who do not qualify for the Action for Eastern Montana program.
     On energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, the speakers will be Larry Oswald of MDU, Kathi Montgomery and Brian Spangler of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

     Pre-registration is not required, but recommended, according to Munsell. All sessions and meetings are free. 

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