• Energy Efficiency

    Public Act 295 of 2008 addressed energy efficiency through its provisions for energy optimization for electricity and for natural gas. The law requires Michigan regulated utilities, cooperatives, and municipalities to file proposed energy optimization plans with the MPSC. It states that the goal of an energy optimization plan "shall be to reduce the future costs of provider service to customers. In particular, the EO plan shall be designed to delay the need for constructing new electric generating facilities and thereby protect consumers from incurring the costs of such construction." The law specifies initial energy savings requirements for 2009, ramping up to annual incremental energy savings of 1% of total annual retail electricity sales and 0.75% of total annual retail natural gas sales in 2012. The law holds the requirements constant from 2012 through 2015. In his recent address on energy, Governor Snyder stated "Energy efficiency is the best example of a no-regrets policy Michigan can have. It makes us more reliable, more affordable and protects our environment." As we approach 2015, policymakers will be considering Michigan's energy future.

    The most recent report prepared by the Michigan Public Service Commission discussing energy efficiency in Michigan, titled 2012 Report on the Implementation of P.A. 295 Utility Energy Optimization Programs, may provide a useful reference.

    In order to help better educate the citizens of Michigan about energy efficiency, we have developed the following questions:

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