Michigan’s renewable energy movement moves on

By Asha Dawsey
Listen Up, Lansing

The Michigan mitten will be raising its green thumb even higher by the end of 2015, with a goal to rise the usage of renewable energy to 10 percent for utilities within. In 2008 legislation was passed for renewable energy in the state of Michigan in which it has risen the from being 1.8 percent in 2007 to 8.1 percent in 2014 and rising to meet the goal of 10 percent, said Media Relations and Communication Specialist of the MPSC Judy Palnau. According to a report from Michigan Public Service Commission, Public Act 295 requires the state’s investor-owned utilities, alternative retail suppliers, electric cooperatives and municipal electric utilities to generate 10 percent of their retail electricity sales from renewable energy resources by 2015. “It adds to the state’s fuel diversity,” said Palnau. Michigan’s dependence on coal generation has been declining as a result of flat power demand and the growth of cleaner, more affordable alternatives like natural gas and wind, according to a Union of Concerned Scientists report.

Michigan wind farms meeting goals, but disturbing neighbors

By CAITLIN McARTHUR
Capital News Service
LANSING – Michigan is on pace to meet its renewable energy targets, largely thanks to wind power, but issues of transparency and turbine placement have some asking whether the shift toward wind is a smart one. The Great Lakes State is well on its way to drawing 10 percent of its energy from renewable sources by the end of the year, as required by a 2008 law. Public Service Commission (PSC) Communications Specialist Judy Palnau said that achievement is thanks to a huge effort from utilities, with wind farms and turbines going up across the state. To date, Michigan has 18 operational wind farms with another two in development, according to the PSC. The primary location for wind energy in the state is Huron County because of its wind capacity.