LANSING — Loren King, a Michigan State University student from Burr Oak, is a newly selected member of the 2018 Michigan Conservative Energy Forum (MCEF) class of research fellows, a group of college students interested in the application of renewable energy across the state. The fellows hope to encourage productive conversation around the topic of renewable energy and use their research findings to educate state policymakers and the public.

King is a junior at MSU studying for a dual major in non-formal agricultural education and environmental systems & sustainability. He is also pursuing minors in sustainable agriculture & food systems and environmental economics. King is currently the public relations chair of the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resource Education Club, and a member of the MSU College Republicans. His research will focus on the application of renewable energy in agricultural settings and will culminate in a mini-documentary.

“I have been blessed with opportunities to see renewable energy projects both in Michigan and around the world. The impact that these types of programs have on the local economy and environment is an important factor that should be recognized as vital to the future of oureconomy,” said King. “Utilizing all available options for energy production can ensure the safetyand function of our power grid while also serving as an economic booster. I can’t wait to help share how impactful implementing this technology can be.”

Over the course of six months, the MCEF Fellowship Program offers college students the opportunity to engage with energy policy experts, conduct and publish their own relevant research on a topic of their choosing, and advocate for energy policy improvements at the local and state level, while learning valuable skills and building relationships for a future career in the public sector.

For more information about the program, or to inquire about the application process for 2019, contact Joanna Lewis at jlewis@micef.org. To learn more about the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum, visit www.micef.org.

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About MCEF: The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum is an organization comprised of conservativeswho believe that Michigan should adopt a true “All of the Above” energy policy that includes an increase inourcommitmenttorenewableenergyandenergyefficiency. MCEFbelievesencouragingdiverseand clean energy production and reduced energy waste will create jobs and stimulate Michigan’s economy, reduce our reliance on foreign energy, improve our national security, and protect our valuable natural resources. http://www.micef.org/

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