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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Updated Friday, April 13, 2007
CONTACT: Leah Mohr, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, (605) 773-3201
PUC promotes Earth Day with conservation message
PIERRE, S.D. – Conserving energy and saving money are the main points South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioners will discuss at presentations throughout the state leading up to Earth Day on April 22. The commissioners will meet with AARP members and elementary school students April 16-21 in Aberdeen, Mitchell, Pierre, Freeman, Rapid City, Yankton and Sioux Falls.
"Consumers are being bombarded by messages about rising energy prices and the environment," said PUC Chairman Johnson. "We want South Dakotans to address both of these issues. By paying closer attention to the amount of energy they use and implementing conservation measures, consumers can experience cost savings and help the environment," he explained.
"The concept of saving energy can be easily understood by consumers of all ages," said PUC Vice Chairman Hanson. "It comes down to a basic equation: saving energy equals saving money. It is neat to see the interest that students show at these presentations. They are excited to help their families save money," he concluded.
"With Earth Day coming up on April 22, now is the perfect time to spread the message about energy conservation," said PUC Commissioner Kolbeck. "Many homeowners are beginning to work on springtime spruce-up projects and should consider integrating energy-efficient improvements, like switching to compact fluorescent lighting, into their plans," he said.
PUC commissioners and staff will attend the following events.
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
Aberdeen April 16 Exhibit at AARP's Financial Management
Seminar, Ramada Inn, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and
6-7 p.m. PUC presentations at 11 a.m., 1
and 7 p.m.
Mitchell April 16 PUC presentations at Mitchell Public Elementary
Pierre April 17 Exhibit at the Senior Resource Fair, Senior Citizens
Center, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Freeman April 17 PUC presentations at Freeman Public Elementary
Rapid City April 17-18 PUC presentations at Rapid City Public Elementary
Rapid City April 18 Exhibit at AARP's Financial Management Seminar,
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
PUC presentations at noon, 1 and 6 p.m.
Yankton April 18 PUC presentations at Yankton Public Elementary
Sioux Falls April 20 PUC presentations at Sioux Falls Public Elementary
Sioux Falls April 21 Exhibit at AARP's Financial Management Seminar,
Southeast Technical Institute, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
PUC presentations at noon and 1 p.m.
See www.PUC.sd.gov for more information about energy conservation.