U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has introduced a bill that would see the federal government invest $36 billion over the next five years on encouraging alternative energy around the nation.

The key piece of the bill that could impact Lorain County are grant and other programs that will encourage manufacturing of equipment used in green technology, such as wind and solar power.

“It will help our nation break free of foreign oil and grow our economy with green energy,” said Brown, D-Avon, during a conference call with reporters Wednesday to announce the bill.

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