Mark Sovine arrived home in Provo Friday after pedaling his 21-speed road bike from the Glen Canyon Dam through several Utah towns to log more than 400 miles for the Pedal for Power campaign.
Sovine's trip was part of a weeklong celebration of public power. He and several other bikers stopped Wednesday for the dedication of Provo's geothermal power plant in Cove Fort, 140 miles south of Provo.Friday evening at a dinner for the bikers at the Provo City Power Plant, Sovine said, "I had a great time but the important thing to remember is there is a reason for this - to let the Legislature and the governor know that public power is an important industry in the state with important benefits to the citizens."
Provo City Council Chairman Gordon Bullock said the national proclamation naming Oct. 6-13 Public Power Week was in recognition of the benefits of consumer ownership to the communities served.
The weeklong bike tour is sponsored each year by public power utilities in the Intermountain area. In the state, 47 communities are served by municipal electric systems or rural electric cooperatives. Those publicly owned utilities serve one-fourth of Utah's population.
Utah County public power users include Provo, Lehi, Springville, Spanish Fork and Payson.
Bikers had four tours to choose from with the routes supported by a vehicle to carry the bikers' gear. The starting points of the tours were the Glen Canyon and Flaming Gorge dams. The dams were selected because they are major power sources for the public power companies.
The tour ended Saturday at the State Capitol.