STATEHOUSE—State Representative Wes Culver (R-Goshen) has been vocal in several recent energy discussions with hopes of developing new energy initiatives in the Hoosier state.
“There are several potential steps Indiana can take to solve the energy problems we are facing,” said Rep. Culver. “This all starts with developing new ways of fostering energy innovations that can lead to self-sufficiency.”
Rep. Culver was a panel member at the Green Innovators in Business Network’s Solution Lab in Indianapolis. These are one day events where environmentally friendly business ideas are developed. Rep. Culver and other legislators from the statehouse took part in a discussion based on state policy that could lead to sustainability.
In September, Rep. Culver was a speaker in Chicago at the Midwest conference for RE-AMP. According to RE-AMP they bring environmental, labor, faith, youth, energy, conservation and other groups together to develop common priorities.
“In order to make progress we must address energy self-sufficiency and its correlation in protecting our economy and even aiding in our national security,” said Rep. Culver. “By emphasizing and expanding upon our own resources we will not be as dependent on outside sources.”
Locally, Rep. Culver joined a discussion at Goshen Library on the current “green” movement in the state. Other speakers included Richard Miller, who spoke about conserving energy with the library’s new Kill-O-Watt meter rental program. The meter is an electronic usage monitor that measures the amount of energy being used from appliances that are plugged into it. Leon Bontrager, owner of Home Energy LLC, shared details about the 2011 Sustainable Living Fair and Solar Tour.
“Because we are sending $400 billion dollars a year overseas we are hurting our economy and leaving ourselves vulnerable to hostile embargos,” said Rep. Culver. “Developing energy strategies and incentives for the 21st century can be a bi-partisan effort that both sides of the aisle agree on. Energy self-sufficiency is a topic our state must continue to talk more about.”