Senator Dahle commends students and Rothsay

April 7, 2010

Our April 6 trip to the capitol was a tremendous learning experience for the Students for Community Energy Challenge. And, based on Senator Kevin Dahle's posting on his web site, we believe our trip was a great learning experience for state leadership as well. Check out his comments below:

In the Senate Energy Committee [April 6] we heard from the students and community members of Rothsay, Minnesota, who, with the help of Otter Tail Power Company, hope to reduce the entire community’s energy use by 15 percent over the next five years.

Since April 2009 this town of 500 and home to the world’s largest Prairie Chicken has been conducting energy audits for businesses and homes, analyzing bills, providing education workshops and consultations, and providing low-interest financing to meet their goal. Smart monitors have been placed in residential homes. School curriculum has been created to help students lead communitywide efforts to get pledges and information to community members. Otter Tail Power Company is making community and school connections while providing resources and tracking information to its new community partners.

Seeing middle school and high school students take leadership roles in this endeavor is one of the most satisfying aspects of the project. Changing existing behaviors (both adults’ and students’) seems to be one of the biggest challenges. While Minnesota’s Next Generation Act looks to increase energy-efficiency goals statewide, we are anxious to hear more about the Rothsay Community Energy challenge. We hope to apply lessons and solutions learned on a much larger scale. Decreasing our nation’s energy demands is a great example for not only small town America but for our nation and our precious planet. The rewards are immeasurable.

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