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VIDEO: Michigan as potential clean energy leader discussed at Kalamazoo forum


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The fourth of seven energy forums across the state was held in Kalamazoo on Monday. The energy forum tour is Governor Rick Snyder's idea thats purpose is to gather public and expert input on Michigan’s energy future. The Kalamazoo forum attracted hundreds of alternative energy advocates including college professors, businessmen, state legislators, and elected officials.

Judy Palnau from the Michigan Public Service Commission says the commission is on track with the current State plan to develop more energy alternatives and enact conservation measures.  The question that seemed to be of the most concern at the forum was if Michigan is doing enough. Steven Frenkel from the Union of Concerned Scientists says that although he applauds the initiative of the Governor is taking to keep Michigan moving in the right direction, there is still so much more the state could be doing. Frenkel is optimistic, however, saying that the Governor will get the message and lead Michigan on the frontier of becoming the nation’s leader in renewable energy.

The two hour public hearing and forum was held on WMU’s Fetzer Center on Monday afternoon.

Watch above for footage from Monday’s event.