Meeting to focus on Green Power Switch

From Staff Reports

   The State of Franklin Sierra Club, Watauga Chapter of the League of Women Voters, St. Mary's Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation Ministry, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy will host an informational meeting Tuesday in the auditorium of the Johnson City Power Board to discuss Tennessee Valley Authority's Green Power Switch program.
   According to a press release from the Sierra Club, electricity generated by clean, renewable sources such as wind, sun, and methane gas recovered from municipal landfills soon will be available to Johnson City customers.
   The meeting, which begins at 7 p.m., will open with Frances Lamberts, state conservation chair for League of Women Voters. Lamberts will discuss Europe's green power experience, followed by Stephen Smith of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, who will introduce TVA's Green Power Switch program.
   TVA currently is considering two locations for a windfarm and Regenesys energy storage facility: Stone Mountain in Mountain City and Buffalo Mountain in Anderson County.
   During a public comment meeting hosted last week by TVA in Mountain City, environmentalists from Jonesborough and Johnson City were outnumbered and sometimes out-voiced by local opposition to the windfarm. Three county commission members also came out against the project.
   For more information about Tuesday's meeting in Johnson City, contact the Sierra Club at 753-9697, or Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, (865) 637-6055.