Forum may give boost to energy

ORGANISERS of this year's North Coast Energy Forum at Mullumbimby tomorrow are hopeful it will kick-start funding for a regional energy strategy.

Mark Byrne, one of the organisers, said the challenge for this year's forum was to look at how the North Coast could make more of its own energy.

One of the main speakers will be Professor Stuart White, director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures.

The institute has established local energy options in NSW could save between $1.4 billion and $3.8 billion between now and 2020 and reduce emissions in 2020 by between 2.2 and 8.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.

Other speakers include NSW Greens MLC and spokesperson on energy John Kaye, and Matthew Wright, founder and executive director of Beyond Zero Emissions.

The forum, sponsored by Byron Shire Council and the State Government, will be held in the Mullumbimby Civic Hall.

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