Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Pickens Plan Army in Northeastern Pennsylvania

The Pickens Plan Army in Northeastern Pennsylvania attended the Northeastern Energy Solutions Expo in Dallas, PA ( ). The event was hosted by the Pocono Northeast and Endless Mountains Resource, Conservation, & Development Councils. The event included 20 hours of education on alternative / renewable energy and energy conservation. The workshops on wind energy sessions were well attended and individuals were able to actually look at the workings of a residential turbine system. For regional wind solutions, one of the event sponsors, Shoener Environmental, conducted a training session on regional large scale wind turbine development.

This was the first year of the event and the event had nearly 600 citizens and representatives from local, state, and regional government. In addition, the kid events, such as making a rainbarrel, falcon show, pine cone bird feeders, and more helped to educate an additional 100 + children. The Pickens Plan aided the childrens session by providing free stickers and Wilkes University aid by providing free T-Shirts to the children.

The mission for the Pocono Northeast RC&D Council is to enhance and improve the ecological, cultural, and economic characteristics of the area through projects and programs that promote the management, protection, and sustainable utilization of the area’s resources. The Council encompasses and serves the ten counties: Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Schuylkill, and Wayne. The Council is always looking for citizens, organizations, and businesses interested in fulfilling this mission.

The primary pillars of the Pickens Plan:

•Create millions of new jobs by building out the capacity to generate up to 22 percent of our electricity from wind. And adding to that with additional solar generation capacity;

•Building a 21st century backbone electrical transmission grid;

•Providing incentives for homeowners and the owners of commercial buildings to upgrade their insulation and other energy saving options; and

•Using America's natural gas to replace imported oil as a transportation fuel in addition to its other uses in power generation, chemicals, etc.

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