“In his speech on energy policy last fall, Governor Rick Snyder said he supported energy efficiency and renewable energy, but we know we’re going to have to work hard to hold him to those commitments,” according to Alexis Blizman, the Ecology Center’s legislative and policy director. “And that’s why we have enlisted some of our supporters to speak up in favor of a more prosperous, cleaner and healthier Michigan.”
Blizman and several volunteers from the Ecology Center attended a March 25 forum in Detroit, one of a seriesbeing held around the state to provide input on what Michigan's energy future should look like.
“State officials say the governor will rely on the results of this process when he makes comprehensive recommendations regarding Michigan's energy future later this year, so it’s really important for those of us who support clean, efficient, renewable energy to speak up now,” Blizman said. “If the supporters of a clean energy future don’t mobilize, the process will be dominated by the utilities and other interests opposed to clean energy.”
And in February, the Michigan Public Service Commission announced that the state is on pace to meet its renewable energy standard in 2015, and that the cost for renewable energy contracts are less than new coal-fired plants, according to a story on MLive.
The MPSC report was an annual update on the implementation of Michigan's renewable energy standard, which calls for utilities to derive 10 percent of their annual electric retail sales from renewable sources by 2015.
EcoLink — March 2013 Ecolink An online publication of the Ecology Center