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Governor Urges Utahns to PowerForward and Conserve Energy

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman will sign a declaration encouraging Utahns and state employees to participate in the PowerForward electricity conservation campaign. This campaign demonstrates his and the state's commitment to increase energy efficiency by 20 percent by the year 2015. State and industry leaders will join the Governor for the 2006 PowerForward Season kickoff Tuesday, May 30th at 1:30 p.m. in the Governor's Board Room located in the East Capitol Building.

"This is an integral part of our energy policy for Utah," Governor Huntsman said. "Conserving energy throughout the summer will help us meet our energy efficiency goal and make Utah one of the most energy efficient states in the country."

Now in its sixth season, PowerForward is a key component of the Governor's energy efficiency policy unveiled in April of this year. Energy conservation is an integral part of energy-related legislation, including House Bill 46, Energy Policy Amendment, sponsored by Representative Roger Barrus and House Bill 80, sponsored by Representative Fred Hunsaker.

Much like the Governor's energy efficiency plan that calls for energy efficiency in state-owned buildings, state employees are being asked to set the example by signing up for the PowerForward alerts that will notify them of days when extra conservation measures are needed.

"We plan to set the example," said Dianne Nielson, executive director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, the agency responsible for issuing the alerts to the media and the public. "Utahns can help keep electricity rates low and increase power grid reliability by taking the time to turn off the lights, computers, and other equipment when not in use, and reduce energy use during alerts."

"The Energy Efficiency plan also supports private and public sector partnerships, which are essential to supporting the accomplishment of the state's energy efficiency goal. PowerForward is a keen example of that partnership," said Dr. Laura Nelson, the Governor's Energy Advisor.

PowerForward uses a color-coded system to alert citizens and businesses via media, email and Web site announcements of times when extra conservation is needed. Green indicates normal conservation practices, while yellow and red call for additional electricity conservation measures to help reduce peak times between noon and 8 p.m. All citizens are encouraged to sign up to receive PowerForward alerts. For more information on the program, power savings tips, and to sign up for PowerForward email alerts, please visit www.powerforward.utah.gov.

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