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Crawford shows support for renewable energy

July 30, 2018

Mr. Toby Thomas
Indiana Michigan Power
110 East Wayne
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Dear Mr. Thomas,

The Fort Wayne City Council has had several groups of citizens recently approach us about clean and renewable energy and ways Fort Wayne can better embrace emerging technologies. This information has been interesting.

Recently, I toured a facility in Fort Wayne — Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren — and they have installed technology that allows them to generate some of the building’s power from a renewable source. This in turn has allowed the facility to reduce its energy bills. The payback period for installation of these devices is only five years.

Moving forward, I encourage I&M to support this type of customer-owned generation, especially those related to solar energy utilization. I urge you, in a leadership capacity and as an excellent civic partner, to explore solar partnerships that can benefit the local community and meet our energy needs.

Sincerely,

John Crawford
Fort Wayne City Council, At-Large