fair for all ages
Cars that run on
and ethanol featured
Express Staff Writer
and The Associated Press
Volkswagen Bug smelled like mustard and the Boise City Police cruiser
smelled like grapes.
third graders learn the lowdown on the Boise Police Department’s Chevy
Chevelle that runs on 100 percent ethanol. The police cruiser was one
of the displays Friday at the Renewable Energy Fair at Elkhorn. Express
photo by Willy Cook.
cars were just a couple of the displays at the Second Annual Renewable
Energy Fair held Friday at the Elkhorn Resort.
Volkswagen ran on 100 percent Ethyl Ester Yellow Mustard Oil, and the
Chevelle police cruiser ran on 100 percent ethanol. Both fuels are made
from renewable agricultural products.
The fair at
Elkhorn was the collaboration of Linda Reed of the Blaine Soil
Conservation District in Hailey and John Crockett of the Idaho Department
of Water Resources Energy Division in Boise.
from Carey and Hailey were given a special message from the Energy
Division‘s Gerry Galinato and Sun Valley Councilwoman Linda O’Shea,
who was standing in for Mayor Dave Wilson.
young citizens are really helpful in educating other youngsters and their
moms and dads," Galinato said.
kids started learning recycling in school and they would say, ‘Dad, don’t
throw those newspapers and cans and bottles away.’ "
said she was "most encouraged" to see the third-graders.
important you learn, to carry the message to your friends and
family," she said. "With renewable resources, we can grow our
own supply of energy."
people visited the different displays inside and outside, classes on
alternative fuels, wind power and energy efficiency went continuously from
10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
"green power" advise people who want to tap into renewable
sources such as the sun or wind to first think it through.
initial step in making such an investment is finding ways to use less
energy at home. Agencies that hosed the fair say renewable energy is an
alternative to resource-depleting materials such as fossil fuels which
contribute to global warming.
make the decision on emotions. Base it on knowledge," Idaho National
Engineering and Environmental Laboratory engineer Gary Seifert said.
windmills can be installed to supplement home energy supplies and lessen
reliance on the power grid.
gauge how much wind blows on the property and whether it will supply the
amount of energy needed, Seifert said.
local zoning laws and whether enough space is available on the property so
noise does not become a problem for neighbors. A tower might obstruct
their view. Local utilities have conditions if a homeowner wants to hook
his generator to their power grid.
Willey of Backwoods Solar Electric Systems in Sandpoint recommends cutting
back on power use first.
can make your energy go a lot further," he said. "Start with
more efficient appliances."
panels can be added in stages. It is a more viable option than total
conversion to solar power, unless it would cost as much or more to have a
utility run electricity to a remote site.
supplemental solar or wind systems are generating power that is not being
consumed at home, the power can be sent back into the grid system and
actually turn back a homeowner's meter.
under way to make it easier for people who want to use alternative power
sources, said Scott Gates of Idaho Power Co.'s energy services department.
practice started 17 years ago at Idaho Power Co., only one person on the
utility's grid has participated. Two more customers recently signed up.
generators apply for a permit to send excess power back into the grid, he
said. Idaho Power buys it from them at wholesale price.