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MichiganMichigan has a wealth of renewable energy resources, and the potential of Michigan’s clean energy industry is high – though as of yet, unmet.

Michigan does have a renewable portfolio standard, but it’s one of the weakest in the U.S.1
Source:
DSIRE, October 2014
http://bit.ly/1HIyUBo
It mandates that all utilities in-state get 10% of their electricity from renewable sources by the end of this year. That’s an underwhelming goal: research suggests that the state can get 32.5% of its electricity from renewables by 2030 with negligible cost increases.2
Source:
Union of Concerned Scientists, March 2014
http://bit.ly/19mstZ8
  Research from the Michigan Public Service Commission also shows a higher portfolio standard is demonstrably achievable.3
Source:
Michigan Energy Office, September 2013
http://1.usa.gov/1xAjHCM


Taking advantage of its extensive renewable energy resources would also keep money in-state; the Wolverine State currently sends over $1 billion out-of-state every year for coal.4
Source:
Union of Concerned Scientists, August 2014
http://bit.ly/1zBUqpw
And there are plenty of resources to take advantage of. Michigan has over 19 million acres of forestry for biomass.5
Source:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
http://1.usa.gov/1FW4Un3
Plus, its wind industry has started to soar: last year, it passed biomass as Michigan's largest source of renewable electricity,6
Source:
U.S. Energy Information Administration, March 2015
http://1.usa.gov/1NhIf52
and from 2007 to 2011, the state’s wind capacity increased 1000-fold.7
Source:
Detroit Free Press, July 2014
http://bit.ly/1GX7hVj


Seizing on this success, Republican Governor Rick Snyder recently unveiled an ambitious plan for Michigan to get 40% of its electricity from renewables by 2030.8
Source:
The Detroit News, March 2015
http://bit.ly/1O0DYGk


Learn more about energy in Michigan with ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States.

  Sep 26, 2013  |    The Michigan Public Service Commission

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