The League of Women Voters of Sussex County will hold its 16th public forum, “2018 Comprehensive Plan: Renewable Energy: Benefits and Opportunities for Sussex County,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 in County Council Chambers, 2 The Circle, Georgetown.

The speakers will explore various renewable energy technologies available,

what’s coming in the future and how Sussex County’s elected officials could pave the way for residents to be less dependent on carbon-based energy sources in the future.

The purpose of this forum is to educate the public and encourage Sussex residents to become involved in the final drafting of the 2018 Comprehensive Plan. This plan will outline and define how the county will operate moving forward in the next 45 years.

Dale Davis, president, CMI Solar and Electric, will discuss how small business may benefit from supportive county and state policies and how renewable power is trending in Delaware and across the U.S.

Jennifer Clemons, chair, Delaware Technical Community College Renewable Energy Programs, will speak about Del Tech education programs that prepare students for higher paying jobs to support the energy renewable technology existing now and being developed for the future.

Bonnie Ram, senior researcher, Center for Carbon-free Power Integration at the University of Delaware, will discuss wind energy efficiency programs for county farms, potential for offshore wind energy and the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling installations.

Attendees will be able to ask questions during the 45-minute Q&A session. Throughout the forum, the importance of the public’s role in drafting Sussex County’s 2018 Comprehensive Plan will be stressed.

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