Editor’s note: Local resident Tom Grundy emailed this press release. Tom — remembering my experience as an energy reporter at the S.F. Chronicle — invited me to lunch the other day at Ike’s Quarter Cafe, and we discussed the community energy solutions task force report. He makes a cogent point that we’re vulnerable when it comes to liquid fuels for transportation back and forth from our foothills “cul-de-sac” in a supply disruption. It’s a topic he’s passionate about and pursuing diligently. It also is timely with energy issues — from oil in Libya to nuclear in Japan — on the “front pages.”
More information on the report is here. The release is here:
On October 22, 2008, the City Council of Nevada City, California adopted a resolution “in support of a community Energy Solutions Task Force”. The Task Force, modeled after a handful of similar task forces from around the world, was given two tasks:
1. Assess Nevada City’s specific vulnerabilities to more expensive and less available energy, especially liquid fuels for transportation.
2. Recommend actions that the City could take to reduce these vulnerabilities and to prepare for their effects.
Their report, including over 100 recommendations, was completed and first presented to the City Council in December of 2010. On February 9, 2011, City Council officially accepted the Task Force report as complete.
Task Force chairman and lead author Tom Grundy pointed out that it is to Nevada City’s credit that the foresight exists to request a report that will help the city be better prepared for more expensive and/or less available liquid fuels – whether due to Peak Oil or to other market or supply chain problems. Mayor Robert Bergman, who was himself a Task Force member, praised the work of the Task Force and support staff. The city will be able to use the findings of the Report as a resource when conducting its upcoming strategic planning
The Alliance for a Post-Petroleum Local Economy of Nevada County (APPLE-NC), a local nonprofit focused on the Peak Oil topic, was instrumental in drafting the original resolution, and in organizing the Task Force.
The report will be carried forward as a living document, by tracking and publicizing progress towards these goals made by many different individuals and groups in the community. To that end, APPLE-NC is hosting a Web Portal at http://www.apple-nc.org/NevadaCityTaskForce, with all of the Task Force presentations, meeting notes, audio interviews, related materials, and an extensive table of the individual
recommendations. The public, the media, and other organizations from all areas are invited to view and comment on the recommendations online.