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From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

Making Kentucky energy independent is the goal of a comprehensive plan ordered by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear.

Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters and a 15-member staff will develop the plan.

“We must focus attention on research, development and demonstration of technologies to use our natural resources, including coal, in a carbon-constrained world,” Peters said.

Governor Beshear wants the energy plan on his desk by September. He says it should create jobs, reduce energy consumption, utilize alternative energy sources and reduce carbon emissions from electricity generation. In order to do that, Beshear says coal, the state’s top energy resource, must be made “cleaner and greener.”

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."