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March 8, 2011

March 30 – 31 will herald an event you won’t soon forget! A conference entitled “A Systems Approach to Energy Transitions: Land, Economic, and Community Transformations,” sponsored in part by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Marcellus Shale Team (which includes some of us here at PRI) will be held on March 30-31 at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel.

The conference has been designed to attract municipal workers, extension agents, professional planners, zoning board members, and anyone else who will be helping to make decisions about the future landscape (economic, ecologic, etc.) of an area.

Marcellus Shale is on everyone’s minds right now, and rightly so, as drilling will have an impact on everyone throughout the southern tier. But Marcellus Shale is not the only unconventional form of energy that will need to be harnessed in our area. Windfarms, solar fields, biodiesal, carbon capture and sequestration efforts, increased use of ethanol, and many other “alternative energies” have begun to be examined for more widespread implementation. All of these have economic and environmental pro’s and cons that must be examined to understand what widespread use in a region would mean for that region.

Come, learn, and share with us! For more information,  check out CCE’s natural gas website.

Are you planning on attending? What do you hope will be discussed?

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