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Democrat White announces clean energy plan

By BETSY BLANEY  / Associated Press

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White has announced an energy plan that he says will expand the state's solar industry, create high-wage jobs in clean energy and bolster energy efficiency.

The former Houston mayor is challenging Republican Gov. Rick Perry in November. White said Tuesday he wants to set up a statewide residential energy efficiency program, retrofit government buildings to cut energy usage, and update building and energy codes to conserve power.

White's plan also includes training Texans for high-paying clean energy jobs and to provide incentives for homeowners and businesses to invest in solar energy.

Perry spokesman Mark Miner said the governor has created jobs and that Texas has one of the strongest economies in the country.

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