Statement from Mike Garfield, Ecology Center Executive Director
The Ecology Center is encouraged today by the Snyder administration’s announcement that it will develop a state implementation plan to comply with the recently finalized federal Clean Power Plan rules for reducing carbon emissions from power plants. We agree with the administration that development of our own state plan provides the greatest opportunity for taking advantage of Michigan’s unique assets and promoting jobs in the emerging clean energy industry. It also provides the opportunity to develop Michigan-specific projects to benefit local communities and address particular needs, like reducing health-harming pollution in low-income communities. And finally, development of a state plan allows for the opportunity to create a robust public and stakeholder engagement process that helps to ensure that all ideas for reducing emissions of carbon from the power sector are considered. The Ecology Center is committed to help support the state in that public engagement process.
Published on September 1, 2015