By Andrew Cluley
Ann Arbor, MI – In less than four years, the city of Ann Arbor hopes to get 30 percent of its energy needs from renewable energy sources.
City council set that goal Monday night for municipal energy, and another goal to have 20 percent of the public and private energy used in the city to come from renewable sources by the year 2015.
Mayor John Heiftje says in addition to helping the environment, the change could save money.
Heifjte says the goals are attainable and can help Ann Arbor lead the state toward increased use of renewable energy. He says renewable energy will help Michgan because bio-fuels and wind power are available locally, while 95 percent of traditional energy sources are imported to the state.