A month ago, I blogged about the EPD not backing a plan for a fund to develope alternative fuels as part of Georgia's evolving energy plan. In that post, I pointed out a website for the state energy plan that welcomes comments from the general public.
Well now, Greg Bluestein's AP article on Sunday tells us that there will be public meetings across the state this week showcasing the state's energy plan. We have yet another chance to voice our concerns about our state's lack of initiative on alternative fuels. If possible, please consider taking the time to either submit a comment via the state's website, or attend one of the public hearings in your area.
From Bluestein's article that appeared in yesterday's Macon Telegraph:
Some conservationists, though, have raised concerns over what's missing in the 160-page draft. And they're planning to use the Energy Policy Council's tour to air those complaints. The first meeting will be Monday in Tifton, followed by stops in Savannah, Atlanta and Augusta, before the last on Oct. 3 in Rome.
The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, a regional advocacy group, is urging that the policy encourage the development of alternative fuels in Georgia.
"What needs to happen is the governor and the Legislature need to say this is an industry we want to seize the leadership in, just like the folks in the Midwest have done with corn" and ethanol, said Stephen Smith, executive director of the Knoxville, Tenn.-based alliance.
Amid a sluggish timber market, some hope that Georgia will invest in efforts to convert pine trees into ethanol, a move that could boost rural Georgia's economy while decreasing the state's dependency on foreign oil.
"The technology we think is here. We know the resource is here," said tree farmer Earl Barrs of Cochran. "We're excited about the opportunity to participate and improve our environment in the process."
Monday, September 25 - TiftonMoultrie Technical College, Tifton Campus from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 26 - SavannahCoastal Georgia Center from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 27 - Metro AtlantaClayton State University from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 28 - AugustaAugusta Technical College from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 3 - RomeCoosa Valley Technical College from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.