New Meaning to "Born to be Wild" at Clean Transportation Talk In Detroit Lakes

New Meaning to "Born to be Wild" at Clean Transportation Talk In Detroit Lakes Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES, MN--Rapid technological changes in power production and examples of communities generating their own electricity were among topics discussed at the Clean Transportation talk held at the Eagles Club in DL on Saturday. The event was held to bring awareness of the economic benefits of electric cars and renewable electric power. Dan Juhl, Chairman of the Board of Juhl Energy presented wind and solar and thermal storage being used on area farms and how that system is being looked at for the future of fueling transportation. Juhl explained how area farms use thermal storage instead of batteries. He says a radio signal on top of a wind turbine can talk to farms in a 30 mile radius and control the water heaters in those farms...(See 15 minute video presentation below)

Juhl says U.S. car manufacturers are increasing production of Electric Vehicles (EV's), including more SUV's, because the battery technology has evolved and matured where it's highly reliable and cost effective.

Jason Grenier, Market Planning Manager of Otter Tail Power Company was also on hand talking about infrastructure to support electric transportation (click here for audio).

Several EV's were on hand in Detroit Lakes Saturday featuring four Tesla vehicles, three Chevy vehicles and one Chrysler.

Representatives from Becker County, the City of Detroit Lakes, as well as State Senator Kent Eken were in attendance at Saturday's event. The event was hosted by West Central Climate Action, The Prairie Woods Chapter of the Izaak Walton League and the Sierra Club.

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