“There are so many renewables -- solar, wind and others,” Cleco President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Madison told the Alexandria Town Talk. “Somebody needs to test these things, and that’s what we’re doing. One of the things I want to do at Cleco is I want to get out ahead of the market. Let’s get out and figure out what works in Louisiana.”

Cleco is testing out different kinds of solar panels to see which kinds work best in Louisiana’s weather. The company is also looking at alternative energy sources such as wind, placing underwater generators into river currents and geothermal.

“Personally, I believe the utility industry is at a crossroads,” Madison told the Town Talk. “I think the utility industry needs to embrace this. Cleco is.”

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