Michigan governor has big plans for renewable energy

Fierce Energy (via MyInforms.com) | March 16, 2015 | Column by Jaclyn Brandt

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has laid out plans to increase the state's renewable energy goals. In his statement, Gov. Snyder said he hopes the state will increase energy from renewable sources to 30 to 40 percent by 2025.

In a video and news conference last week, Gov. Snyder said that Michigan must take "aggressive steps and set clear energy goals to reduce the chances that families and businesses will face dramatic rate price spikes and widespread outages while ensuring that long-term decisions are made in our state, not Washington, D.C."

Gov. Snyder laid out his plans at the Detroit Electrical Industry Training Center in Warren, Michigan, saying he wants the state's target to be 30 to 40 percent of the state's energy from renewables by 2025, as well as 30 to 40 percent waste reduction in the same time frame.

"Michiganders need to know that when they flick the switch, they can depend on the power and heat being there for the homes and businesses," Snyder said.

Although the state is on track to meet its renewable energy goal of 10 percent by the end of the year, the legislature is discussing increasing that goal to 20 percent by 2022.

Gov. Snyder added, "Decisions we make in the coming years will keep energy more affordable and available through a variety of sources while we continue being good stewards of our lakes, air and land. We also must ensure that Michigan -- not Washington, D.C. -- will determine how we move forward, transitioning from the sources of yesterday to newer, cleaner methods."

According to the governor, Michigan currently uses 38 percent more energy than the rest of the country, and pays 6 percent more in electric bills. Because 10 coal power plants are set to be retired in the next few years, Snyder is worried that the state has an energy capacity problem.

The energy plan is a 10-year outlook for the state, which includes solving the electric generation shortage while complying with federal regulations. Snyder introduced his four pillars of affordability, reliability, adaptability and environmental protection.

The plans include reducing wasted energy by 15 percent and deploying more smart meters to make energy more reliable.

"The state also needs to give our regulators the ability to determine that when we may face a shortage, we have the tools to address it and ensure fair choices for customers," Gov. Snyder said. "We've made progress in this area. Our goal is to have residents average less than one power outage a year, and have those outages last less than two and a half hours. We're getting closer…


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