Zehringer re-elected chair of Energy City Commission
Vance Zehringer has been re-elected chair of the Elk River Energy City Commission for 2011. John Setala has been re-elected the vice chair.
Zehringer is an energy consultant to Elk River Municipal Utilities. Setala works for Great River Energy.
Zehringer looks for the Energy City Commission to expand Project Conserve to businesses later this year. Currently about 300 households are enrolled in Project Conserve. He also sees the program being expanded to apartments.
“I think we’re going to be placing a lot more emphasis on Project Conserve,” he said.
Project Conserve is an outreach and education program designed to teach people simple ways to conserve energy, reduce their heating, electrical and water bills, and live a greener lifestyle.
Project Conserve began in October 2008 as an Energy City project. Elk River has been known as Energy City since 1997, when the Minnesota Environmental Initiative chose it from over 30 other communities to act as a focal point for the demonstration of efficient and renewable energy products, services and technologies.
Besides expanding Project Conserve in 2011, Zehringer also looks for the Energy City Commission to try to attract energy-related, resource-conserving businesses to Elk River.
“We want to make it easier for them to move to town and help us promote what our charter is,” he said.