The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, August 08, 2018 3:50 pm

Council members ask I&M to use more renewable sources

Five members of the Fort Wayne City Council signed a letter Tuesday to encourage Indiana Michigan Power to incorporate more renewable sources in its future energy plans. 

The letter, authored by Councilmen John Crawford, R-at large, and Geoff Paddock, D-5th, supports the "general principle" of renewable energy, Crawford said Tuesday. 

"This is a general letter in support of that general principle and just that we are advocating for our constituents that we think more renewable energy would be a good idea in their long term plan," Crawford said. "But no specifics as to what they should do this year or whatever with various plans, because it's probably beyond our expertise to know the exact timing and when those things are best done." 

Crawford said several constituents have spoken to council over the past two months in support of renewable resources. The letter is not legally binding.

In addition to Crawford and Paddock, Councimen Paul Ensley, R-1st, Tom Freistroffer, R-at large, and Tom Didier, R-3rd, signed onto the letter Tuesday night. Others may sign on later. Councilman Glynn Hines, D-6th, was absent.

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