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Energy topic of event at Legislature

by Linda Hiller

Did you know that Nevada is one of two states with enough sunny days to provide electricity for the entire United States?

If an area of about 100 miles in diameter was covered with modern solar arrays, enough electricity would be generated to light up all of America, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo.

“Actually, Arizona has a few more sun days than we do, but we are one of only two states that could do the job,” said Minden resident Marion Barritt, one of the organizers for tomorrow’s all-day presentation on the newest developments in sustainable energy, open to legislators and the public tomorrow.

The morning session will be dedicated to educating Nevada legislators on the possibilities and responsibilities the next century will bring.

Called “Entering the Millennium: Energy Independence Makes Dollars and $ense for Nevada,” the afternoon exhibits are geared toward public education, Barritt said.

“We’ll have displays by UNR, UNLV, the Desert Research Institute, utility companies, the Division of Minerals, geothermal and biomass companies, Bechtal, solar and wind technologies, including a display by Prime Energy, with information on making wind turbines,” she said.

The aim of the Nevada Sustainable Energy Council and the SUNRISE Sustainable Resources Group, hosts of the event, is to highlight the partnerships between Nevada industry and “energy independence” that are already in existence and that could be in existence as we move into the year 2000.

The public is invited to the March 18 afternoon session, Barritt said, which will be held in the Legislative Building, room 3100 from 1:45 to 5:30 p.m. Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt will speak at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Barritt at 782-7353; Judi Bishop, (775) 687-4325; or Ellen Jacobsen, 784-1169.