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Interchange – Terry Usrey – Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network


Host Mylo Roze has a conversation about renewable energy with Terry Usrey, co-founder of the Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network (or SIREN). Usrey is also a SPEA lecturer & regional director of the Hoosier Environmental Council. A primary topic of the discussion is the matching grant awarded by the Indiana Office of Energy & Defense for the placement of a modest solar array on the rooftop of the Caldwell Eco Center in dowtown Bloomington. Innovative models for fostering the availability & proliferation of clean energy are also addressed. The three solar panels will have their monitoring equipment placed visibly at the Eco Center so as to foster public education regarding the technology. When power is not being drawn from the array it will feed into the grid, reducing, however slightly, the amount of non-renewables used to generate electricity for Indiana citizens. Also touched upon are the proposed Duke coal-gasification plant in Edwardsport, the feasibility of wind & solar generation around the state, local & federal government accomplishments, rhetoric & inaction, as well as the potentiality for greater energy conservation, increased tax incentives & the shifting of public subsidies from fossil fuels to renewable energy generation.

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