• Renewable Energy

    In 2008, the Michigan Legislature passed Public Act 295. Its stated purpose is "to promote the development of clean energy, renewable energy, and energy optimization through the implementation of a clean, renewable, and energy efficient standard that will cost-effectively do all of the following: (a) Diversify the resources used to reliably meet the energy needs of consumers in this state. (b) Provide greater energy security through the use of indigenous energy resources available within this state. (c) Encourage private investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency. (d) Provide improved air quality and other benefits to energy consumers and citizens of this state." The Act requires Michigan electric providers to comply by using renewable energy credits starting in 2012, ramping up to 10% of electricity sales in 2015. The law requires that the renewable energy credits be sourced from within the State of Michigan, except under certain circumstances and also provides incentive renewable energy credits for things like Michigan labor utilized in the construction of a renewable energy project. Other states in our region, such as Wisconsin and Minnesota, also have renewable energy requirements. The U.S. Department of Energy, along with other federal and regional bodies, have studied widespread regional or national renewable energy standards. As renewable energy grows, many are studying the impact of integrating renewable energy into the electric grid. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation, NERC, recently stated "It is vital that these variable resources are integrated reliably and in a way that supports the continued performance of the BPS [bulk power system] and addresses both planning and operational challenges.

    The most recent report prepared by the Michigan Public Service Commission discussing the status of renewable energy in Michigan, Report on the Implementation of the P.A. 295 Renewable Energy Standard and the Cost-Effectiveness of the Energy Standards, may provide a useful reference.

    As we approach 2015, policymakers will be considering Michigan's energy future. In order to help better educate the citizens of Michigan about renewable energy, we have developed the following questions:

Click on the Question to Comment through April 25, 2013