Lansing, MI, August 8, 2017— A new report released today by M.J. Bradley & Associates, and commissioned by Charge Up Midwest, found expanding electric vehicles could save Michigan families, drivers and electricity customers billions of dollars over the next three decades. The report also found there is significant potential for growth for electric vehicles in Michigan.
“Our study estimated the costs and benefits of increases in plug-in electric vehicles in the state of Michigan and found significant potential for electric vehicle growth and subsequent savings for residents,” said Brian Jones, senior vice president of M.J. Bradley & Associates. “Our highest projections are very attainable if the utilities, regulators and the private sector aggressively pursue electric vehicle adoption in Michigan.”
The report includes both “moderate” and “high” adoption scenarios based on Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and Bloomberg forecasts, respectively. According to the Bloomberg forecast, by 2050, up to 55.7 percent of all passenger vehicles and trucks in Michigan could be powered by electric vehicle technology. Key findings for cumulative financial benefits from mainstream Electric vehicle adoption in Michigan include:
“The benefits of electric vehicles for Michigan are significant – especially when it comes to the potential for new auto sector jobs and protecting our air, land and Great Lakes,” said Charles Griffith, Climate and Energy Program Director for the Ecology Center. “In order to maintain Michigan’s leadership in the auto industry, as well as realize the economic and environmental benefits of reducing our use of imported petroleum, government, the private sector and utilities must work together to create smart policies and investment strategies to support the emerging electric vehicle sector.”
Tomorrow, the Michigan Public Service Commission is hosting the Michigan Technical Conference on Alternative Fuel Vehicles. At the conference, automakers, electric utilities, charging station companies and other stakeholders will discuss the future of electric vehicles in Michigan.
“Michigan, the birthplace of the auto industry, could lead the electric vehicle revolution,” said Luke Tonachel, Director of Natural Resource Defense Council's Clean Vehicles and Fuels Project. “With the right infrastructure, electric vehicles can be an economic and environmental force that cuts pollution, lowers electricity rates, while being cheaper to operate than conventional gasoline vehicles.”
The report examined other benefits, including reduced oil use and lower greenhouse gas emissions in Michigan, including:
“Accelerating the use of electric vehicles in Michigan will reduce dangerous pollution and protect our air, land and Great Lakes, said Joe Halso, Associate Attorney with the Sierra Club. “Now is the time to put Michigan on the road to cleaner air, a better grid, and a stronger economy by improving drivers' access to our cleanest and cheapest transportation fuel: electricity.”
Published on March 9, 2017
Earlier this month Dr. Nancy Beck, a former advocate for the American Chemistry Council (ACC), was appointed as the new Deputy Administrator of EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). This move creates a major conflict of interest between Dr. Beck’s long history of advocating against chemical regulations. This conflict of interest signals that the EPA, under Administrator Pruitt, is increasingly putting the interest of regulated industries ahead of protecting people and the environment.
Dr. Beck has spent the last 5 years opposing EPA’s safety regulations and scientific findings. While serving as the Senior Director of Regulatory Science Policy at the ACC, Beck consistently fought against rules that govern the use of harmful chemicals. These efforts were all geared towards protecting the financial interests of chemical giants. The ACC itself represents approximately 150 chemical companies that include DOW, DuPont, ExxonMobil, and Monsanto.
Within the EPA, the OCSPP is specifically responsible for assessing risks from chemicals and overseeing programs that prevent pollution and contamination. They work tirelessly to identify harmful chemicals and their potential risks to humans and the environment. Their conclusions drive the EPA’s policies regarding chemicals and their uses.
In the summer of 2016, the EPA passed the Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. This act delivers overdue amendments to the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) – the nation’s central chemical management law. The Lautenberg Act was passed with the intention to reevaluate chemicals, create new risk standards, and increase transparency to the public. At the time of its passage we knew that the new law’s impact would depend on how it is administered by the EPA. We were worried about how it might be implemented then, we’re downright terrified about it now!
Dr. Beck’s new role will put her at the center of how chemical safety is assessed in our country. Given her previous role working against Lautenberg and trying to deregulate chemical companies, she serves as a direct conflict of interest in this matter. In addition to this, she also has a history of publicly criticizing the EPA’s program for determining chemical toxicity, especially when findings call for stricter regulations.
This conflict generates a great threat to the health and safety of both people and the environment. The connection between Dr. Beck and the industries she’s supposed to be regulating are too close to assume a fair implementation process. Efforts to remove Dr. Beck from the task of implementing the Lautenberg Act and similar regulatory policies need to be taken to ensure that the safest chemical policies are reached.
The Ecology Center joined organizations from across the country in calling on Administrator Pruitt to review the ethical issues and potential conflicts of interest surrounding Dr. Beck and her new role. You can join this effort by signing the petition to EPA Administrator Pruitt to evaluate the potential conflict of interest that Dr. Beck holds in relation to her new position. Acting now could help stop chemical policy rollbacks that will impact our health for generations to come.
Published on May 30, 2017