Community Energy Forum explores clean and renewable energy

Residents and businesses looking for ways to lower their utility costs with clean and renewable energy systems will have an opportunity to learn how at a Community Energy Forum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17 at Bainbridge High School Commons, 9330 NE High School Rd.

Hosted by the nonprofit Community Energy Solutions, the event will include special guests U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee and State Sen. Phil Rockefeller, who will provide information on federal and state legislation that is making community-scale energy solutions more practical and achievable.

A panel will also discuss and take questions from the audience on practical ways people can save money and make their homes more comfortable.

At noon, a live demonstration of a gasifier, a device which converts wood debris, a resource that Bainbridge has plenty of, to electricity. As well, renewable energy and energy efficiency professionals will be on hand as exhibitors.

Families are welcome, and during the lunch break, local entertainer Guy Sidora will provide a fun “energy bounce” for the kids.

Admission is free, but a $5 donation to support Community Energy Solutions is encouraged.

For more information, visit Community Energy Solutions at

About Community Energy Solutions: Community Energy Solutions is an independent non-profit organization that is leading the shift to energy choices that are resource intelligent and renewable. Recent projects include the first community-supported renewable energy project on the Olympic Peninsula, the first Habitat for Humanity-sponsored home in Washington State to have a renewable energy system, and an innovative residential energy efficiency “audit fieldtrip” program.

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