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Wilson College to host energy forum for home and business owners

January 30, 2013

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Wilson College will host the 5th annual “Energy and You” — a day-long workshop for home and business owners who want to learn how to reduce energy consumption and costs — on Saturday, Feb. 9.

This year’s theme is “Invest in the Future: Your Energy Options.” The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Brooks Science Complex, with walk-in registration starting at 8 a.m. 

John Hanger, who served as Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection from 2008 to 2011, will deliver the keynote address, “The Environmental and Economic Truth about Gas Drilling and Our Energy Choices.”

Hanger, a nationally recognized expert on the environment, energy, gas drilling and green economy issues with experience in government and the private sector, also is a former commissioner with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. He has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania governor in the 2014 primary election.

Another speaker, Michael Craner, co-founder of Renew America Energy (RAE), will give an address entitled “Eco-Dollars Make Sense: Innovation and Investment in Renewable Energy.” Craner’s background in engineering and intellectual property architecture propelled his evolving interest in green energy and new technologies.

In 2009, he co-founded RAE, which works to provide investment, education and consulting services to entities interested in adopting green technologies, including solar, wind, geothermal and electric transport.

The workshop will also feature special interest sessions throughout the day, including: “How Energy Efficiency Retrofit Projects Hold Up as Investments,” “Methane Cogeneration Comes to Chambersburg,” “Net Zero - A Reachable Goal?” and “Heat Pump Options, How to Decide.”

Facilitated discussions will be held over lunch, including: Energy Audits, Solar 101 and Energy Conservation.

“Energy and You 2013” also will feature electric cars on display, educational exhibits, alternative energy vendors and art made by students at Chambersburg Area Senior High School.

Admission with preregistration is $20 per person and $30 for couple. Lunch is included only with preregistrations made by Friday. Walk-in registrations will be accepted for $10, space permitting, the morning of the event. 

More information and a registration form can be found by visiting www.wilson.edu/energy.

The workshop is co-sponsored by Wilson’s Fulton Center for Sustainable Living, the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund and Automated Logic.

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