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Willmar group hopes to start a national conversation on energy, starting with regional meeting next week

A Willmar-based group hoping to energize a workable national energy plan will hold a conference next week in the Minnesota town, according to the West Central Tribune.Organizers of the Citizens Energy Plan want “to develop a comprehensive, non-parti

A Willmar-based group hoping to energize a workable national energy plan will hold a conference next week in the Minnesota town, according to the West Central Tribune.

Organizers of the Citizens Energy Plan want “to develop a comprehensive, non-partisan, sustainable, secure and affordable national energy plan.’’

Its Feb. 24 summit will help jump-start an effort to develop a sustainable, affordable and secure plan that must involve all energy disciplines and include environmental responsibility and energy conservation, organizers say.

Vidar Lee Byberg, Citizens Energy Plan initiator and president, is general manager of the Willmar Poultry Co., vice president of operations at Life-Science Innovations and former senior economist for Phillips Petroleum in Norway.

“Part of our role as Citizens Energy Plan is to guard the process, a process that is based on facts and where we understand the pros and cons of every energy field as it relates to a comprehensive plan … and guide the process to have an outcome that energy experts from all those fields can turn over to Congress as a comprehensive plan, and then we ask lawmakers to sign it,’’ he said.

The conference runs all day Feb. 24 at the Willmar Convention Center and Holiday Inn.