What is Summit County’s energy future?
That’s the subject of a public forum being held from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Thursday, March 13th, 2008 at the Community & Senior Center near Frisco. There a distinguished panel will lead a conversation about both established and emerging alternatives to fossil fuels as a prescription to true energy independence for the Summit County, Colorado and the nation.

The panel includes:

Michael Bowman
Bowman Family Farms
Wray, CO

Mike, a wheat, corn and alfalfa producer from Yuma County, is a member of the 25 x ‘25 Coalition National Steering Committee, the Steering Committee for the Colorado Renewable Energy Forum and Rural Chair of Colorado Agricultural Energy Task Force.

25 x ‘25 is a national, agriculturally-led alliance that seeks to bring change to the energy future of the United States.

The 25 x ‘25 Vision: By 2025, America's farms, forests and ranches will provide 25 percent of the total energy consumed in the United States, while continuing to produce safe, abundant, and affordable food, feed and fiber.

Duke Cox
Western Colorado Congress
Grand Junction, CO

Duke is a small businessman and building contractor by profession, but has been a passionate activist on the issues of oil & gas development. The former head of the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, he now serves as the interim executive director for the Western Colorado Congress (WCC) in Grand Junction.

The Western Colorado Congress is an alliance for community action empowering people to protect and enhance their quality of life in western Colorado.

One of the WCC’s focus areas is alternative energy. Colorado is ranked eleventh nationally in wind resources, in the top five for solar resources, and has a strong potential to develop biomass as a source of energy. No other state ranks higher than Colorado in combined renewable energy resources.

Bo Tomlyn
Breckenridge, CO

Bo Tomlyn lives in Breckenridge and has been a health advocate since 1961 through a personal experience that opened his eyes to the power of whole foods and our personal health.  After graduating college Bo entered the recording industry in 1972 traveling the world, programming and developing synthesizers, performing on albums and concert tours for 80 major artists.  His work can be heard on We Are The World, Hands Across America, 2010 Space Odyssey, Barbara Streisand’s Broadway album, Toto’s Africa and Rosana, Chicago 17, 18 and 19, the Jackson’s Victory Tour, Earth Wind & Fire, Cher to name a few. 

In 2006, while on a vacation in Las Vegas, Bo met with a good friend who has been a developer in the Vegas area for 42 years starting with the Summerland project and most recently the expansion of the Mandalay Bay pool and the update of the Tropicana.  That meeting opened the door to the design of the first zero energy /high tech casino which has now attracted a group of 30 scientists and engineers from around the world with innovative green technologies all of which are focused on making the world a better place.

Eric Westerhoff
Innovative Energy
Breckenridge, CO

Eric is the co-owner of Innovative Energy, a Breckenridge-based company specializing in the design, installation and servicing of all types of renewable energy systems with more than ten years of experience with solar, wind and hydro power systems in Colorado.

The forum is sponsored by Our Future Summit, a “quality of life” institution dedicated to a better Summit County by providing opportunities each month for informed discussion on topics of interest to the community.



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