When you sign the petition, your name will be displayed publicly supporting the Clean Energy Future Plan. We will deliver all signatures to decision-makers to show the mountain of support behind this legislation.
You may sign more than once in different capacities, and please feel free to add any comments in the space provided.
Topline Goals of the Clean Energy Future Plan
MiCAN is part of a broad coalition of groups urging the swift passage of three key goals in the Clean Energy Future Plan, a legislative package that will clean the power sector rapidly, affordably, and reliably. Michigan must pass these bills to tackle the climate crisis and ensure reliable, affordable electricity for our state and the benefits of a growing clean energy sector. See below for the topline goals and supporting legislation.
Read this letter sent to officials in the Whitmer administration for more background information and to see coalition members supporting this package.
Clean Energy Future Plan
Clean Energy Standard - SB 0271 / HB 4759
Sets Michigan on the path to reach a renewable energy standard of 60% by 2030 with the ultimate goal of 100% carbon-free power by 2035. Requires MI utilities to include distributed generation programs for solar energy that are easily accessible for low-income communities and communities of color disproportionately impacted by climate change.
- Michigan's prior standard of 15% renewable production no longer reflects the urgency of the climate crisis or our state's significant capacity to transition to clean power (we have long since met that standard).
- Utility promises and renewable incentives are not enough; the standard would establish a binding target.
Energy Waste Reduction - SB 0273 / HB 4761
Updates and expands the energy waste reduction standard for annual savings of at least 2% for electricity and 1.5% for gas. Enables beneficial electrification of buildings and prioritizes the benefits of energy efficiency improvements for low-income communities.
- The cheapest, cleanest form of energy is the energy not used in the first place.
- Energy efficiency and weatherization are also some of the most effective means of ensuring long-term energy affordability for families struggling to pay utility bills.
MPSC Authority Expansion - SB 0272 / HB 4760
Require the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC)-the state agency that regulates investor-owned utilities on behalf of the people of Michigan--consider factors like climate and health impacts, affordability, and equity in its decision-making when utility companies seek new energy projects, rate changes, and more.
- Lack of oversight has contributed to Michiganders experiencing some of the highest utility costs and the lowest service quality anywhere in the country.
- The bill would create opportunities for communities to participate in important MPSC decisions and require the MPSC to listen to their concerns.
If you would like to take a closer look at each piece of proposed legislation, follow the links below:
- Setting a strong clean energy standard: SB 0271 / HB 4759
- Setting cost-effective, energy savings targets: SB 0273 / HB 4761
- Empowering the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC): SB 0272 / HB 4760
- Other bills included in the Clean Energy Future Plan: SB 0274, SB 0275, SB 0276, and SB 0277
Note: MiCAN's position on MPSC Authority Expansion
The Michigan Environmental Protection Act already requires the Michigan Public Service Commission to include climate impacts in state agency decision-making. MiCAN has no objection to the legislature codifying this fact. MiCAN supports this bill because of the inclusion of equity, which is new and important.
Want to do more? Visit our State Campaigns page for further related actions you can take. In particular, please be sure to take the second step of this action in which you can encourage the legislature to complement this package with additional equity considerations.
Katherine Melby donated 2023-07-25 13:22:13 -0400
Katherine Melby donated 2023-05-02 13:39:44 -0400