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Retired Navy Admiral talks energy policy in Michigan

LANSING (WKZO) -- A former top Navy official is in Michigan this week, advising the governor and state lawmakers on energy policy. Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, a former inspector general of the Department of the Navy and Vice Chairman of the CNA Military Advisory Board, says that he's been asked for his insights on renewable energy, and which sources are the most reliable.

The admiral thinks that geothermal and hydroelectric power have a lot of untapped potential, but he figures that wind energy will continue to be big in Michigan, even if residents on the Lake Michigan coast are nervous about someone building wind turbines out in the lake. Gunn says that there should be a consensus among the residents of a community where wind farms are placed, and he doesn't believe the process of getting that approval will be enough to slow the growth of wind energy in the state.

Governor Rick Snyder is preparing to release high-profile reports on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other energy-related issues soon.