A comprehensive package of renewable energy bills has successfully cleared the Michigan Legislature, poised to be signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Termed the Clean Energy Future Plan, this legislation mandates that Michigan utilities procure 15% of their electricity from renewable sources, including wind and solar, by 2029. The targets escalate, requiring 50% by 2030, 60% by 2035, and a complete transition to 100% renewable energy by 2040.
Michigan's commitment aligns with 11 other states in setting forth ambitious goals for achieving a 100% clean energy net-zero future within similar timeframes. Notably, the legislation also grants authority to the Michigan Public Service Commission to approve large-scale solar, wind, and battery storage projects. This strategic move aims to streamline the deployment of clean energy infrastructure throughout the state.
Erika Kowall, Director of Midwest State Affairs at the American Clean Power Association (ACP), commended the significant progress achieved by Michigan through this legislation. Kowall stated, “This is a major step forward for Michigan, and we want to recognize Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Legislature for their leadership on these critical energy issues.”
Highlighting the multifaceted benefits of the Clean Energy Future Plan, Kowall emphasized that beyond securing Michigan's clean energy future, the legislation positions the state to reap the rewards of new job creation, increased tax revenue, and ongoing investments associated with renewable energy projects.
Michigan currently ranks fifth in the nation for clean energy jobs, boasting 124,000 positions. The Clean Energy Future Plan positions the state for sustained growth and opportunities in the clean energy sector. The ACP looks forward to continued collaboration with Michigan leaders to fully unlock the state's clean energy potential.
As the legislation awaits Governor Whitmer's signature, it signals a pivotal moment in Michigan's commitment to advancing clean energy initiatives and contributing to the broader national movement towards sustainable energy practices.