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Moving Towards a Low Carbon Future - Industries

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Energy and Agriculture

Michigan ranks second in agricultural commodity diversification only to California, rounding out over 300 commodities. Agriculture is one of Michigan's top three industries, contributing over $100 billion annually to the state's economy and employing close to one million people, which accounts for twenty-two percent of the state's employment. Ensuring that our agricultural sector is energy efficient and transitions to renewable energy is an important step towards decarbonization.

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Energy and Small Businesses

The State Energy Program works with rural business sectors through outreach, technical assistance and funding opportunities for small businesses on cost-effective energy upgrades reducing energy usage and associated costs, avoiding new fossil fuel emissions, supporting local job creation, and freeing up capital to reinvest in these businesses over the long term. 
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Cleantech, Climatech, and Circular Economy (C3)

In partnership with the Lawrence Tech University (LTU) Centrepolis, the C3 Accelerator is dedicated to support growth stage cleantech, climatech, and circular economy businesses and drive adoption of their technology in Michigan. This includes supporting the development and manufacturing of these products to achieve significant economic multiplier effect and sustain Michigan’s global competitiveness.
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Small Manufacturing

As of 2018, Michigan’s industrial sector accounted for 11.7 percent of the state’s total energy related direct carbon dioxide emissions, excluding emissions from electricity produced to serve industry.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Michigan State University (MSU) funding for a new Industrial Assessment Center (IAC), where faculty, staff and students will work with Michigan’s small and medium-sized manufacturers and commercial buildings to save money, improve energy efficiency and shrink carbon footprints. 
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