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White House official: rural resources contributing to provide alternative energy

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How can Michigan contribute to clean power?

Dr. Bob Simon works in the White House Office of Strategic Planning.

"Michigan has a tremendous opportunity in how it responds to the clean power plan," Simon said.

Simon knows all about the Clean Power Plan, which the president said will cut carbon emissions across the country. 

Simon was the featured speaker at a big conference at Kettering University in Flint on Wednesday.

Simon said turning to wind power is one way Michigan is responding to the Clean Power Plan.

"Last year was one of the top five states in adding new wind power capacity for generating electricity," Simon said.

Simon said rural resources are also helping provide alternative energy.

"Michigan currently gets about 7 percent of its electricity from renewable resources and that's not only wind, that's from the agricultural sector, from methane, from agricultural operations that is captured and then turned into electricity," Simon said.

Coal fired electrical plants have been a big issue concerning climate effect in Michigan. Simon said Michigan should continue to look at ways to cut down on emissions from those plants.

"The Clean Power Plan has, one of the ways, has options for complying that involve improving the efficiency of existing coal fired plants that's an option that's certainly on the table it also gives states the option of adjusting the mix of coal fired and natural gas fired plants," Simon said. "They can change it to utilize more of the natural gas plants and fewer of the coal fired plants."

Simon complimented the auto industry in Michigan. He said it's doing a good job of developing alternative ways of fueling vehicles. 

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