Michigan

MICHIGAN

With a population of approximately 10 million, Michigan is the 10th most populous of the American states, the 11th most extensive by area, and the largest by area east of the Mississippi River. Surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes, it also has more freshwater coastline than any other state in the union.

Like many centralized states, it has seen an increase in some of the more tangible effects of climate change such as increased heavy rainfall, an uptick in annual heat waves and a 63% decrease in winter ice coverage on the Great Lakes since 1970.

With a large portion of Michigan residents concentrated in and around the Great Lakes region, communities are largely dependent on them for their basic needs. Rising temperatures and increased rainfall precipitation have created blooms in Lake Erie, for example, contaminating water supplies in multiple townships surrounding Monroe County and disturbing fish populations.

Jennifer Granholm (now the Energy Secretary in the Biden administration) was Michigan’s governor from 2003-2011. She became an advocate for renewable energy development and one of her signature policies as governor was a mandate for the state to increase the share of its energy derived from renewable sources like solar and wind. She also worked with the Obama administration on a 2009 bailout of the automobile industry that included clean energy investments and incentives for carmakers to invest in technologies like battery storage.

In 2016, Michigan lawmakers debated whether to rollback or make minimal increases to their existing 10% Renewable Energy Standard. With this policy stagnation, Michigan is far behind the curve in the race to clean energy, featuring inaction from legislators and an undeterred reliance on fossil fuels. Currently there are a few bills aimed at combating climate change awaiting a vote from state legislature such as the Clean and Renewable Energy Waste Reduction Act among  others. However, given the recent voting history of Michigan lawmakers, the likelihood of meaningful climate change action does not seem close at hand.

What is most troublesome about Michigan’s inaction is that shifting resources to the environment could potentially yield such a huge boost to Michigan’s economy. Stanford University found that  fully powering Michigan with renewable energy would create 150,000 jobs, save more than 1,700 lives a year and generate an average $11,000 reduction in each citizen’s energy/health cost. Fortunately, there is a strong call for cleaner energy from Michigan’s citizens and various organizations across the state such as the Michigan Climate Action Network, which has worked to spread information regarding climate change, its effects on Michigan and what can be done to fight it. They have four major goals underlining their fight: move 100% of the state’s energy to renewable sources, electrify public transportation, put an end to the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline running through the Great Lakes, and fight for cleaner energy policies.

Good news came in September 2020, when Governor Gretchen Whitmer, citing a rising threat to public health and the environment, signed an  executive order battling climate change, aiming to make Michigan’s economy carbon-neutral by 2050. Whitmer’s decarbonization-by-2050 goal includes an interim target of a 28% reduction from 1990 greenhouse gas emission levels by 2025. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, with the help of a newly formed Council on Climate Solutions, are now tasked with delivering a climate plan in draft for by September 1,2021 with a final plan by the end of the year.

More good news came in March, 2021 when the University of Michigan Board of Regents voted to divest from companies that are the largest contributors to greenhouse gases, which are defined as the top 100 coal and top 100 oil and gas publicly traded companies in the world, as compiled by the Carbon Underground 200 list.

Michigan is one of twenty four states, plus Puerto Rico, committed to the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

CURRENT NEWS

New wind farm begins operating in Mid Michigan

By Teresa Homsi 01/08/24
A new wind farm in Gratiot County went online last week. Heartland Farms Wind, made up of 72 wind turbines, will power approximately 80,000 households.
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Michigan’s new clean energy package is historic for the country, not just the Midwest

By Laura Sherman 12/14/23
The biggest energy policy event in the Midwest this year came on Nov. 28 when Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a package of bills into law that will quadruple Michigan’s renewable energy standard, move to…
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Detroit’s Newest Road Can Now Charge Electric Cars as They Drive on it

By Good News Network 12/10/23
Detroit, Michigan celebrated a major milestone in the future of vehicle electrification, as crews finished installing the nation’s first wireless-charging public roadway last month. Using technology from Electreon, 14th Street is now equipped with inductive-charging…
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Pipeline politics await Biden in Michigan

By Adam Aton 12/08/23
President Joe Biden has spent the past two years trying to sidestep pipeline politics. But a recent decision from Michigan promises to thrust the issue back onto the presidential campaign trail.
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Michigan just passed one of the country’s most ambitious clean energy bills

By Jeff St. John 11/09/23
Michigan’s Democrat-controlled legislature has passed a package of clean energy bills that includes one of the most aggressive state-level clean energy targets in the nation.
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Michigan House passes climate change reform, mandating clean energy by 2040

By Kelly House 11/03/23
The Michigan House early Friday morning approved a suite of reforms to address climate change that would fundamentally change how the state gets its energy and require utilities to draw all their power from clean…
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Michigan steps up dam removal in race against climate change

By Bridge Michigan 10/25/23
In the quest to defend Michigan’s rivers against climate change, government officials and fish advocates are increasingly zeroing in on a simple strategy that can lower temperatures by several degrees, and open up miles of…
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BP cross-state gasoline pipeline fails in Branch County, 8,000 gallons of fuel spilled

By Keith Matheny 10/18/23
A 10-inch diameter gasoline pipeline running across southern Michigan failed Tuesday evening, releasing more than 8,400 gallons of gasoline in Branch County's Girard Township between Tekonsha and Coldwater, county Emergency Management Director Bud Norman said…
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Redeveloping Retired Coal Plant Sites

By Howard A. Learner 10/10/23
In Michigan and across the Midwest, coal plants are shutting down, often without clear plans for what will happen to these sites next. Sometimes, they sit indefinitely as fenced-off brownfields along rivers and lakes. However,…
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Holtec International formally launches process to restart Palisades nuclear power plant

By Larry Pearl 10/09/23
Holtec International announced Tuesday the signing of a long-term power purchase agreement between its Palisades Energy subsidiary and Wolverine Power Cooperative, which provides energy to rural communities across Michigan.
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This state is doing something wildly creative with its old coal power plants: ‘A once-in-a-generation opportunity’

By Laurelle Stelle 09/29/23
Several coal-based power plants in Michigan are scheduled to close in the next few years, and the Environmental Law & Policy Center knows what to do with them.
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Climate change is harming Michigan hunting and fishing, groups warn lawmakers

By Bridge Michigan 09/28/23
Climate change is threatening the future of Michigan’s forests, fish and wildlife, and Michigan must act now to bolster nature against a warming world.
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PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

Michigan sets 2040 deadline to get all power from clean energy

11/29/23
Michigan will require all its electricity to come from “clean energy” by 2040 under a package of climate laws Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Tuesday.

Michigan Senate narrowly passes clean energy legislation

10/27/23
The Michigan Senate voted Thursday to require that all of the state’s energy come from sources that do not emit climate warming gases by 2040.

Nuclear power would be clean but not renewable under Michigan legislation

10/26/23
Legal definitions of renewable energy vs. clean energy were among the issues tackled by Michigan state senators this week.

Michigan Senate OKs clean energy mandate after heated debate

10/26/23
The Michigan Senate approved Thursday a new 100% clean energy requirement for electricity providers to hit by 2040 as opponents argued the plan's costs were too high but supporters said the costs of inaction on…

Michigan utilities on track to meet renewable energy benchmarks

10/03/23
Michigan state utility regulators said major power providers are on track to meet a 35% renewable energy benchmark for 2025.

Southfield becomes first Oakland County city to enroll in DTE renewable energy program

08/23/23
On Aug. 7, Southfield announced its enrollment in DTE Energy’s MIGreenPower program, one of the largest renewable energy programs in the United States, with over 1,300 businesses and 90,000 residential customers

Amid wildfire smoke, Michigan leaders signal support for new clean energy standard”=

06/09/23
Michiganders in the southern lower peninsula have been waking this week to some of the worst air quality in the world, as smoke from wildfires raging in Canada continues to choke the region.

Planning and zoning for solar in Michigan

06/07/23
In fall 2016, the Michigan Legislature amended the Clean and Renewable Energy and Energy Waste Reduction Act (Public Act 295 of 2008) with passage of Public Act 342, setting the goal that 35% of the…

Whitmer wants to make Michigan a clean energy haven. But rural communities are pushing back

06/04/23
Toward the tip of Michigan’s Thumb, dozens of wind turbines dot the rural landscape — their blades catching the eye of passers-by as they slowly spin.

Lawmakers, advocates tout environmental and economic benefits of renewable energy bills

05/24/23
Democratic lawmakers joined with environmental advocates in Lansing on Tuesday to outline their plans for a clean energy future in Michigan. State Senate Majority Floor Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing), Sen. Sue Shink (D-Northville) and…

State lawmakers work to prioritize clean, renewable energy in Michigan

05/23/23
Michigan lawmakers held a press conference Tuesday morning to announce that the state transitioning to 100 percent clean and renewable energy is a top priority.

Will 100% renewable energy mandate threaten reliability?

05/10/23
As Michigan retires energy sources that provided more than 60% of electricity generation in 2021, many wonder if Michigan continue to run smoothly on 100% renewable energy by 2035. A new engineer report found Michigan’s…

What’s in the Senate Dem bills aimed at facilitating Michigan’s clean energy transition?

04/18/23
Included in the seven-bill package from Democrats, who control the Legislature, are measures that would update standards for renewable energy, establish a standard for clean fuel, create plans to phase out coal-fired power plants by…

DTE Energy’s Meridian Wind Park now operating in central Michigan

04/18/23
DTE Energy announced Tuesday it has started operating a new 77-turbine wind park in central Michigan. The park, Meridian Wind, can produce 225 megawatts, enough to power more than 78,000 homes. It is located in…

‘We’d like it to be a mandate’: Michigan bills will seek 100% clean energy by 2035

04/17/23
Michigan Senate Democrats last week offered a package of bills that would translate Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Healthy Climate Plan into the law of the land.

Advocates hope for big year for renewable energy

04/14/23
Energy advocates are seeking to increase Michigan solar and wind power following an average year for the state’s renewable energy production. In 2022, Michigan ranked 24th across all states in solar electricity generation and 17th…

Toyota North America on Path to Achieve 100% Renewable Energy for Michigan Operations Through DTE Energy’s MIGreenPower Program

04/12/23
Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and DTE Energy (DTE) today announced Toyota’s enrollment in MIGreenPower, DTE’s voluntary renewable energy program. Toyota’s participation puts all of TMNA’s Research and Development operations in Michigan on a path…

Ann Arbor aims to protect renters from carbon monoxide poisoning with new law

03/24/23
n the near future, Ann Arbor may require rental housing units to have carbon monoxide detectors. Noting the dangers that come with gas-burning appliances like furnaces, which the city is trying to move away from,…

Michigan Democrats propose 2030 energy storage target to bolster electric grid

03/13/23
State Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation to codify energy storage goals outlined in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s climate action plan that bill supporters say is crucial to accompany more renewable energy generation coming online.

Mackinac Island ferry will go electric with support from EGLE grant

03/10/23
A $3.06 million award from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Fuel Transformation Program (FTP) Part 2 will support the first-ever conversion of a Mackinac Island passenger ferry to zero-emissions electric…

Bipartisan Michigan lawmakers introduce community solar-enabling legislation

03/08/23
Michigan residents and businesses could lower their utility costs, strengthen the state’s energy grid, and participate in Michigan’s growing solar economy under bipartisan legislation introduced on March 7 by state Senators Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor)…

By the Numbers: Turning Michigan’s climate plan into action

03/06/23
In the months since April 21, 2022, when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) released the MI Healthy Climate Plan, EGLE’s Office of Climate and Energy (OCE)…

Large solar energy project proposed for northern Muskegon County topic of upcoming forum

03/02/23
Plans for a 1,700-acre solar energy project in northern Muskegon County are the focus of an upcoming public forum featuring farmers whose property would be used for the project.

Michigan Announces $200M in Tax Credits to Support Clean Energy

03/02/23
Today, the Michigan Infrastructure Office (MIO) announced $200 million in tax credits to bring more of the clean energy supply chain to Michigan.

Michigan, US publishes geothermal and clean energy roadmap

02/10/23
The state of Michigan, US thru the EGLE has published a geothermal roadmap that highlights opportunities and strategies for wider geothermal adoption.

Michigan had 18K electric vehicles in 2021; will it reach 2M by 2030?

02/09/23
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy believes that Michigan needs to build the charging infrastructure for 2 million electric vehicles by 2030.

Environmental law group says grid operator MISO’s rules discriminate against renewable energy

02/09/23
Nearly every year, renewable energy produces more of our electricity, and fossil fuel, especially coal, produces less.

Whitmer budget puts billions toward water infrastructure, clean energy

02/09/23
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed state budget puts billion-dollar priorities on climate action and clean water measures.

Consumers Energy OK’d to raise electric rates, must double rooftop solar

01/20/23
State officials agreed on an electric rate hike for customers of Consumers Energy but required the company to double its rooftop solar cap, among additional efforts toward electric vehicle charging, community solar, grid reliability, and…

With growing backlash to wind energy, Michigan turns to solar power

01/16/23
When what was then the tallest wind turbine in the U.S. was erected on the outskirts of Traverse City in 1996, it was hailed as a sign of Michigan’s clean energy future.

Whitmer releases plan to make Michigan carbon neutral by 2050

01/21/22
The administration of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on Wednesday released a draft plan that will more aggressively push the state toward carbon neutrality by 2050.

Public comment, listening sessions will help chart Michigan climate future

01/19/22
The initial draft of a statewide plan to position Michigan as a national leader in slashing greenhouse gas emissions and securing associated economic and job-creation opportunities is open for public input and comment through Feb.…

MI Healthy Climate Plan

01/14/22
Governor Whitmer’s commitment to achieving 100% carbon neutrality by 2050 and position Michigan as a global leader in addressing climate change.

Solar project planned in River Rouge to increase access to renewable energy

By Jim Kasuba 06/17/21
The Michigan Public Service Commission recently approved DTE Energy’s plans to bring additional renewable energy to more of its customers.

National Grid Renewables’ MiSolar projects bring 40 MW of solar energy production to Michigan

By Chris Galford 06/15/21
With the launch of the Bingham Solar and Temperance Solar facilities in Michigan’s Clinton and Monroe counties, National Grid Renewables has launched its MiSolar portfolio, bringing 40 MW of solar energy to the state, offsetting…

Reduced fish abundance possible due to climate change warming deep waters in Lake Michigan

By Max White 05/10/21
Climate change is warming Lake Michigan's surface, but also its deep waters, which could have a significant impact on the lake's ecosystem and mixing process. A long-term study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association,…

Climate change: ‘Environmental racism’ in Detroit’s ‘most polluted’ neighbourhood

By Cordelia Lynch 04/19/21
In a corner of southwest Detroit, there's a community that's spent years grappling with the air they're breathing in. The 48217 district has become known as Michigan's "most polluted zip code". There are more than…

Consumers Energy Plans More Clean Energy for Michigan from Solar Project in Calhoun County

By Consumers Energy 03/11/21
Consumers Energy announced today an agreement to purchase 140 megawatts of clean, renewable energy – enough to power about 70,000 residential customers -- from the Calhoun Solar Center. Invenergy, a leading Midwest-based developer and operator…

Preparing for Climate Change in Michigan

08/30/20
This page provides an overview of the steps Michigan is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Climate Action Plans by Michigan Cities

04/11/19
MICAN and Michigan Green Communities have compiled this list of climate actions (plans and goals) that communities are taking across the state. This list is to help community leaders and activists move their town forward…

State of Michigan Climate Action Plan

04/10/19
Michigan is in a period of extraordinary transition and faces unprecedented challenges. Among the most compelling of these challenges is the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to address climate change and its…

KEY RESOURCES

Michigan Solar Panels: Pricing and Incentives

02/11/22
Solar panel costs are measured in how many watts per dollar the system can deliver. On average, a residential solar panel system costs between $3 and $5 per watt. When added up, this leads to…

Michigan State Profile and Energy Estimates

10/05/21
Known as the Great Lakes State, Michigan has portions of four of the five Great Lakes within its boundaries. The northern ends of two of the Great Lakes—Lake Michigan and Lake Huron—divide Michigan into the…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

09/10/21
The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

10/06/20
The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The State of Climate Adaptation in Public Health An Assessment of 16 U.S. States

10/06/20
EcoAdaptpartnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to assess the state of climate adaptation planning and implementation for climate-related threats to public health in 16 U.S. states.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Michigan

09/19/20
Between 2017 and 2019, Michigan experienced one flood and four severe storms. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.

State-by-State: Climate Change in Michigan

07/31/20
Climate change is likely to increase the frequency of floods in Michigan. Ovhttps://climatenexus.org/climate-issues/business/business-climate-change/er the last 50 years, average annual precipitation in most of the Midwest has increased by 5 to 10 percent. During the next…

State Overview of Michigan

02/13/20
Cities interested in procuring renewable energy must first understand the factors that shape their state energy landscape. This overview provides a starting point by providing insight into state market and regulatory context that impacts the…

Consumers have new options to support renewable energy sources

02/13/20
The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) Friday authorized Consumers Energy to move forward with two voluntary green pricing (VGP) programs, but withheld approval of a similar proposal from DTE Electric Co. to give the utility…

Michigan Energy Options

02/13/20
Michigan Energy Options (MEO) is a nonprofit that has been in business since 1978. From our offices in East Lansing and Marquette, we pursue daily our mission of guiding communities toward being more sustainable and…

Michigan Climate Action Network

06/07/19
The Michigan Climate Action Network is a network of groups and individuals working to build and mobilize a powerful grassroots movement in the Great Lakes state to call for clean energy solutions that will put us on…

MORE NEWS

University of Michigan awarded $5 million to establish climate change research center

By Lester Graham   09/18/23  
The University of Michigan has been awarded $5 million dollars by the National Science Foundation and other funding agencies from Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
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Climate change in a Michigan environmental literacy bill

By Glenn Branch   09/12/23  
Michigan's House Bill 4961 would, if enacted, establish an environmental literary task force charged with developing an environmental literacy model curriculum that would, inter alia, "[p]repare students for understanding environmental challenges of this state and…
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New CRC report shows Michigan’s infrastructure struggles under climate change pressure

09/12/23  
Michigan’s infrastructure is crumbling — literally. Michigan has witnessed a troubling decline in the condition of its aging infrastructure, including its roads, water, and energy systems, and the tangible effects of climate change through increased…
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Four Species, Four Perspectives on Climate Change

09/06/23  
We’ve all heard the chatter. The planet is warming, and we have to do something about it. This constant stream of news can feel overwhelming and the doomscrolling never-ending. But the conversation about climate change…
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With Democratic control, Michigan Gov. Whitmer pushes for health care and climate change laws

By Joey Cappelletti   08/30/23  
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave an outline of Democratic plans for the final months of the year in a speech Wednesday that included calls for funding paid family and medical leave, mandating a 100 percent…
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US air quality today: AQI maps show Chicago, Detroit among cities impacted by wildfire smoke

By Gabe Hauari   07/17/23  
Poor air quality has returned in large portions of the country and is expected to linger through the early portion of the week, according to the National Weather Service. Smoke from Canadian wildfires is projected…
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DTE to retire coal plants by 2032, invest $11 billion in clean energy push

07/12/23  
Utility firm DTE Energy (DTE.N) said on Wednesday that it plans to retire its coal plants in less than a decade and invest $11 billion over the next 10 years toward clean energy transition. The…
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Michigan lawmakers neglect the dark side of solar

By Ewan Hayes   06/10/23  
Two Michigan state senators ignored the downsides of solar technology in their recent argument for more green energy incentives.
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Michigan advocates admit solar still can’t compete

By Jason Hayes   06/05/23  
The Michigan Legislature is considering a pair of bills — Senate bills 362 and 363 — aimed at expanding the state’s distributed generation program.
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Clinton County adopts yearlong utility-scale wind and solar power moratorium

By Mike Ellis   05/31/23  
Clinton County will have a yearlong moratorium on utility-scale wind and solar projects. County commissioners voted Tuesday for the moratorium, which will stop any major green energy projects but will allow for smaller projects like…
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EV battery startup, UAW reach agreement as company plans big California plant

By Eric D.Lawrence   04/26/23  
The UAW has inked an agreement with Sparkz, an electric vehicle battery maker startup, signaling the company won’t hinder unionization efforts as the company makes plans for a new facility in California.
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Michigan’s coming energy crisis will be man-made

By James David Dickson   03/24/23  
There exist enough resources to provide the 10 million people of our state the energy they need. What Michigan lacks is the political will to insist on reliable energy, preferring instead weather-dependent sources such as…
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Line 5 tunnel analysis by feds delayed by more than a year

By Sheri McWhirter   03/24/23  
Federal regulators said it will take more than a year longer than first expected to analyze a plan to build a Great Lakes oil pipeline tunnel, pushing the possibility of completing the infrastructure project beyond…
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Michigan Awarded $3 Million Grant for Climate Pollution Reduction Strategies

By Staff Writer   03/24/23  
The Biden-Harris Administration has announced that Michigan will receive a $3 million planning grant to develop innovative strategies aimed at reducing climate pollution and building clean energy economies. The funds are part of the Climate…
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Michigan utilities will need to restore power faster under proposed state rules

By Sheri McWhirter   03/22/23  
A lot of scrutiny is coming for Michigan’s two biggest utility companies in the wake of years of lengthy power outages caused by damaging storms.
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Presentation looks at climate change effects on Lake Michigan

03/17/23  
How is Lake Michigan being affected by climate change? That was the subject of a presentation by the League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties this week in St. Joseph. League of Women…
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Ice storms reorder Michigan Democrats’ energy and climate agenda

By Sheri McWhirter   03/08/23  
Michigan’s new Democratic majority in the state Legislature has a climate and energy-related wish list. No need to check it twice.
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Despite Months of Snow, Solar Panels Can Still Pay Off in Michigan

By Lisa Iscrupe   03/03/23  
Michigan winters are chilly, but sunlight still makes a generous showing there for over half the year. Michigan's solar energy generation lags behind that of other states, but keeps making gains, like when the largest…
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Ice storm showcased Michigan’s fragile electric grid. Here’s what could be done to bolster it

By Sheri McWhirter   02/26/23  
Climate change has increasingly made weather extremes more common in Michigan, and the recent mid-week ice storm that destroyed tree branches and gnarled power lines is the latest example.
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Ann Arbor sees decade-high temperatures in January 2023

By Nadia Taeckens   02/09/23  
Though 40-degree temperatures might still not be balmy enough to break out a beach towel, January 2023 was the warmest January on record for Ann Arbor over the past decade, and the seventh-warmest ever. State…
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Lake Michigan Is Getting Too Hot and the Cracks Are Starting To Show

By Robyn White   02/08/23  
February 5 saw 25 people rescued from ice floes on Lake Michigan, a sure sign that the lake's water temperature is rising.
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100,000 Green Jobs Announced Since US Adopted Climate Law, Study Finds

By Carly Wanna   02/06/23  
Between last August, when President Joe Biden’s landmark climate bill became law, and the end of January, companies have announced more than 100,000 clean energy jobs in the US, according to an analysis released Monday…
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Pressures from climate change could challenge agreements safeguarding Great Lakes water

By Lester Graham   02/02/23  
This week a nationwide Associated Press story looked at the possibility of pumping water from the Mississippi River to the drought-stricken West. That might sound familiar. For years, people in the Great Lakes region have…
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Michigan voters want to see more climate action this legislative session

By Alex DeGolia   01/18/23  
This November, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer won her bid for reelection and for the first time in 40 years, Democrats gained a majority in the state house and senate.
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Climate change is an opportunity for Michigan

By Jack Kapcar   01/18/23  
On a visit to campus last Thursday, Vice President Kamala Harris joined Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Kyle Whyte, a professor at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, to discuss climate…
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Michigan shouldn’t worry about becoming a ‘climate haven’

By Jason Hayes and Jarrett Skorup   01/18/23  
It’s becoming almost routine to see headlines filled with dire warnings that Michigan and the Midwest are becoming a “climate haven” – a place to which people can escape from allegedly inhospitable temperatures and disappearing…
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Report aims to prepare Great Lakes states for effects of climate change

01/16/23  
Climate change contributed to the rapid rise in Great Lakes water levels a few years ago. Combined with more frequent and intense storms –also caused by climate change- they caused record flooding in 2017 and…
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The EV Battery Boom Is Here, With Manufacturers Investing Billions in Midwest Factories

By Dan Gearino   10/27/22  
Last week, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the headquarters of Our Next Energy, a battery manufacturing startup in Novi, a Detroit suburb. This is an increasingly common scene as demand for…
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How Gov. Whitmer built a climate legacy in divided Michigan

By Adam Aton   07/14/22  
Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is running for reelection against a Republican field that saw one frontrunner kicked off the ballot and another candidate arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. For a…
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Is a Michigan energy firm using dark money to influence California’s climate plans?

By Sammy Roth   06/23/22  
For all of California’s groundbreaking climate policies — the 100% clean energy mandate, the goal of ending gasoline-vehicle sales by 2035 — there’s still a lot of uncertainty over how the Golden State will zero…
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Tornado Scars Northern Michigan

06/02/22  
But on May 20, 2022, record-breaking warmth in the Midwest helped fuel a line of strong storms in Wisconsin that barreled across Lake Michigan without weakening significantly. One of them strengthened and transitioned into a…
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Why shoreline nuclear power plants pose problem for Great Lakes

By Carol Thompson   05/04/22  
The dozens of nuclear power reactors situated along the Great Lakes shoreline have produced a sizeable amount of electricity for Canada's Ontario province and the midwestern United States since they first came online in 1963.
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Detroit nonprofit offers paid training for energy efficiency jobs

By Yale Climate Connections   04/28/22  
Detroit, Michigan, needs more people who know how to make buildings more energy efficient. Sitara Govender of the non-profit Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency says there are more energy efficiency jobs available than workers with…
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Gov. Whitmer wants federal aid to keep nuclear plant open

By Jennifer McDermott   04/21/22  
Michigan’s Democratic governor wants a nuclear power plant on Lake Michigan to stay open and she’s asking the federal government to pay for it. But the owner of the Palisades Power Plant says it’s too…
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Climate change is causing Michigan dogsledders to shift gears from snow to dry land

By Sam Easter   03/23/22  
As he lined up his young four-dog team at the start, he could tell something was different. The dogs were usually eager to pull his wooden sled, but as they bounced and barked in excitement,…
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Do we need roads that charge cars? Detroit thinks so

By Julian Spector   02/02/22  
Electric car drivers in Detroit can soon boost their batteries just by driving down the right road. On Wednesday, Michigan state agencies awarded $1.9 million to Israeli startup Electreon to build a mile-long wireless charging strip.…
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Michigan classrooms gain access to hands-on help for learning conservation science

By Kyla Nelsen   01/26/22  
The Environmental Education Resource Lending Station became available in early December to Michigan educators through the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Classroom Initiative. The project was funded by a grant awarded in…
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Marquette mayor speaks on climate change plans

By Taylor Johnson   01/26/22  
Northern Climate Network’s Climate@Noon series held on Friday via Zoom featured Marquette Mayor Jenna Smith, who spoke about the recent climate action resolution the city passed in December.
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Gov. Whitmer Secures Historic $7 Billion Investment by GM to Create Thousands of Manufacturing Jobs

01/25/22  
Governor Gretchen Whitmer today joined General Motors CEO Mary Barra, union officials, elected officials, and local and state leaders to announce a historic investment that will secure the automotive manufacturer's commitment to creating an all-electric…
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Michigan Groups Urge State House To Pass Water Infrastructure Bill

01/25/22  
It would make use of funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, as well as the American Rescue Plan, to improve the state’s water supply, replacing old lead water lines, and repairing dams and…
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Clean energy, reliable grid among top energy issues in Michigan

By Rachel Duckett   01/25/22  
As a presidential candidate, Joe Biden made a series of energy-related promises, including net-zero emissions by 2050 and the launch of “a national effort aimed at creating the jobs we need to build a modern,…
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Bill introduced to stop utilities from charging customers for natural gas lost to leaky pipes

By Lester Graham   01/24/22  
A Michigan state senator wants to pass a law prohibiting the state's natural gas utilities from charging customers for gas that leaks from pipes or gas that is otherwise lost because of variations in temperature,…
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Updating Michigan energy rules on new homes faces pushback from builders

By Ted Roelofs   01/24/22  
Updating Michigan standards last addressed in 2015, state officials are to consider a new, more energy-efficient home construction code this year ─ likely sparking a battle between home builders and environmentalists who back stronger energy…
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Governor Whitmer releases climate plan to make Michigan carbon neutral by 2050

By Briana Rice   01/24/22  
The Michigan Department of Environmental, Great Lakes and Energy released the draft MI Healthy Climate Plan as an outline of how the state plans to reach Governor Gretchen Whitmer's goal of getting the state carbon…
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Climate change threatens Great Lakes Anishinaabek culture

By Sierra Clark   01/23/22  
Clear tubing that runs hundreds of feet through 250 maple trees will need to be flushed. Trees need to be inspected for their overall health before they’re tapped, but also, Corey said, his family needs…
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Clean energy, reliable grid among top energy issues in Michigan

By Rachel Duckett   01/22/22  
As a presidential candidate, Joe Biden made a series of energy-related promises, including net-zero emissions by 2050 and the launch of “a national effort aimed at creating the jobs we need to build a modern,…
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Michigan’s new climate plan is a strong start, but environmentalists say faster action needed

By Sheri McWhirter   01/15/22  
Environmental advocates said they are encouraged by Michigan’s new climate action plan but also want to see faster action to decarbonize the state’s economy.
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Farmers chase migrating crops in a warming climate

By Sheldon Krause   01/11/22  
As Michigan feels the effects of a changing climate, agriculture experts say they can adapt to keep Michigan farms running.
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Muskegon County solar farm being built to power 3,400 homes annually

By Rose White   01/07/22  
When complete, the MacBeth Solar farm will produce about 41,000 megawatt hours — enough to power about 3,400 homes annually through a 20-year agreement with Consumers Energy.
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Could Fortified Wines Be Michigan’s Answer to Climate Change?

By Julia Coney   01/03/22  
Michigan, a state known as the car capital of the world, has in recent years focused on promoting itself as an up-and-coming American wine region. Michigan Wine Collaborative, a non-profit organization focused on pushing Michigan…
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