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People want relief from high fuel and power prices, so the news about energy efficiency grant is welcome.
An Earth Day announcement of a $75,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission should get things going in the right direction.
That and $90,000 match of cash and in-kind contribution from partners will first concentrate on ideas for improving energy efficiency.
After that, a second phase will produce alternative energy demonstration projects.
This will include putting up solar panels at Matthews State Forest and wood-fired gasification.
What’s interesting about the grant is involvement of those who wouldn’t normally have anything to do with energy production.
Besides getting exercise during walks and wildlife watching forays at the 566 acres state forest, visitors might also find inspiration for taking more control of their energy future.
Combined with other efforts, such as the greening of the Grayson County Courthouse and the alternative energy components to Wytheville Community College classes at the Crossroads Institute, the Twin Counties may be on its way to becoming an energy efficiency hotspot.
With our bountiful wind, sun and other natural resources, that’s the way it should be.