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

In Michigan: Climate change, bird flu and dairy cows — and why “none of us saw this coming”

By Izzy Ross 06/17/24
Earlier this month, Laurie Stanek shoveled hay to a group of young black-and-white Holstein cows, just a few among the roughly 200 cattle on her family dairy farm. Located in northern Michigan's Antrim County, she…
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Conservation advocates push for renewable energy policy and funding to help preserve wetlands

By Lucy Valeski 06/04/24
A mix of state-level policies and funding can help Michigan preserve wetlands and reduce flooding, according to speakers at Audubon’s Great Lakes Advocacy Day.
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Want to See Community Solar Done Right? A Project in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Can Serve as a Model

By Dan Gearino 05/23/24
Even small community solar projects can be used as a tool to make energy more affordable for less affluent households, as a project in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula shows.
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In Photos: The Scene After Storms Caused Damage Across The U.S.

By Washington Post Staff 05/10/24
Dangerous storms crashed over parts of the South on Thursday even as the region cleaned up from earlier severe weather that spawned tornadoes killed at least three people
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Michigan plans to sue oil industry over climate change

By Lesley Clark 05/10/24
State Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, said Thursday that her office will begin seeking proposals from lawyers and law firms to serve as special assistants to pursue litigation against oil and gas companies for…
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Whitmer visits storm wreckage, says Michigan needs to evolve with climate change

By Aya Miller 05/08/24
After two tornadoes reportedly touched down in Portage on Tuesday, May 7, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer visited the aftermath, and said Michigan needs to be prepared for more climate change-fueled natural disasters.
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Earth Day: How low ice coverage is changing the future of Lake Michigan, the Great Lakes

By Cheryl Scott and Blanca Rios 04/23/24
This past winter was one of the warmest on record. It led to record-low ice coverage on all five Great Lakes, a sign that the world's largest freshwater system is not immune to climate change
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Michigan agriculture faces impact of climate change

By Rae Sherman 04/12/24
Climate change is impacting the agriculture industry right here in Michigan, although experts say they’re doing things to make sure our state stays one track ahead of it.
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How to reopen a nuclear power plant

By Casey Crownhart 04/03/24
A shut-down nuclear power plant in Michigan could get a second life thanks to a $1.52 billion loan from the US Department of Energy. If successful, it will be the first time a shuttered nuclear…
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America’s Climate Boomtowns Are Waiting

By Abrahm Lustgarten 03/23/24
As my airplane flew low over the flatlands of western Michigan on a dreary December afternoon, sunbursts splintered the soot-toned clouds and made mirrors out of the flooded fields below. There was plenty of rain…
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Climate change is erasing Michigan winters, taking our heritage with them

By Kelly House 02/26/24
Most snowmobile trails aren’t groomed until there’s at least 8 inches of snow on the ground. It’s 6 inches for a cross-country ski trail.
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For Michigan’s Economy, Electric Vehicles Are Promising and Scary

By Peter S. Goodman 02/20/24
Last fall, Tiffanie Simmons, a second-generation autoworker, endured a six-week strike at the Ford Motor factory just west of Detroit where she builds Bronco S.U.V.s. That yielded a pay raise of 25 percent over the…
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PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

Bills would allow solar arrays in Michigan not owned by utilities

06/14/24
A surge of renewable energy supporters flowed into Lansing to tell state lawmakers they want utility-independent community solar projects to become a reality for Michigan.

Michigan Utility Replacing Coal Plant With Large Energy Storage System

06/12/24
Detroit-based DTE Energy on June 10 said it would convert part of the closed Trenton Channel power plant into a 220-MW energy storage facility. DTE retired Trenton Channel in 2022; the plant had operated in…

Wind, solar farm law won’t make November ballot in Michigan

05/08/24
A proposed ballot initiative to repeal Michigan’s new statewide renewable energy permitting law will not make the November ballot.

Local and state leaders unite to celebrate $156 million investment to increase access to solar energy for low-income families

05/03/24
Local and state leaders from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Michigan Infrastructure Office (MIO), City of Detroit, and community organizations are celebrating a historic $156 million investment in solar energy…

Michigan has 9 months to figure out new energy law. Some say time is wasting

03/07/24
A new law takes effect in less than nine months giving Michigan power to approve or deny large wind and solar projects, and state regulators face the hefty task of figuring out how to enforce…

Michigan’s renewable energy report card

02/27/24
Michigan is making big wagers while playing a very weak hand in the renewable energy game. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last year signed legislation making Michigan one of the 23 states that will attempt to achieve…

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 legislature clears 100% clean energy law

11/03/23
If signed by Gov. Whitmer, the Clean Energy Future bills (Senate Bills 271, 273 and 502), will codify a number of crucial clean energy goals and actions, including:

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

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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Community gardens help Michigan adapt to climate change

By Hope O' Dell   01/03/22  
Warming water temperatures reduce fish spawning and snow compresses on itself less during the winter –– which hurts wild rice, said Rachael Pressley, a regional planner with Western U.P. Planning and Development Region. Habitat warming…
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Globalization expert predicts Michigan will be one of the best places to live in several decades

By Myesha Johnson   12/31/21  
Heat waves in all states are projected to become more intense and global sea levels have already risen by eight inches since 1880 according to the U.S. Global Change Research Program.
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Changing Great Lakes latest threat to Michigan’s cherished Fishtown

By Aaron Martin   12/29/21  
The village of shanties along the Leland River on the Leelanau Peninsula has endured through the collapse of commercial fishing and rise of invasive species to become an attraction for 300,000 tourists.
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Global Climate Change and the University of Michigan’s Path Forward

By Mark S. Schlissel   09/09/21  
Last month, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its most daunting report to date, detailing how precarious the situation is for humanity as it grapples with the climate crisis.
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Climate Change Is Making It Harder for Campers to Beat the Heat

By John Schwartz   07/06/21  
Jill Laidlaw has worked for 37 years at Camp Cavell in Lexington, Mich., a little spot of paradise on Lake Huron. But she has seen trouble in paradise: climate change. Temperatures in Michigan have risen…
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Metro Detroit Flooding Result of Climate Change, Underinvestment in Infrastructure, Whitmer Says

By Russ McNamara, Dorothy Hernandez   06/28/21  
Several miles of I-94 remain flooded and waterlogged trash and former treasures line streets in Detroit as the city digs out from another historic rain event. More than 6 inches of rain fell in parts…
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Michigan lawmaker wants to block local bans on natural gas

By Kelly House   06/10/21  
Add Michigan to the growing list of states where Republican lawmakers hope to block local governments from enforcing the climate activism mantra to “electrify everything.”
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Michigan’s Climate-Ready Future: Wetland Parks, Less Cement, Roomy Shores

By Kelly House and Keith Schneider   06/09/21  
As climate change alters our world, Michigan’s bounty of fresh water — if managed smartly — could be the foundation of a thriving state economy and superior quality of life.
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Michigan apple growers see threat of climate change crisis through spread of fire blight

By Eric Francis   06/08/21  
Patrick and Sara McGuire have been growing apples since they were married 25 years ago. Their 150 acres in Ellsworth in northern Michigan— dubbed Royal Farms — are a mix of sweet apples and the…
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Michigan Lawmakers Attempting to Prevent Local Governments from Making Energy Choices

05/25/21  
Michigan lawmakers are considering a bill (HB 4575) that would prohibit the state’s local governments from making choices about the continued use of fossil gas in homes and buildings, limiting their options to meet their…
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A look at Michigan’s disappearing shorelines

By Grant Hermes   05/21/21  
 With the recent heat, it’s hard to not think about spending the day on one of Michigan’s many lakes, but there’s a growing problem for many towns along the lakes: erosion.
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University of Michigan pledges to make its campuses carbon-neutral in climate change fight

By Keith Matheny   05/20/21  
Electric campus bus fleets, more energy-efficient heating and cooling in campus buildings and securing all purchased electricity from renewable sources are among the actions University of Michigan officials pledged Thursday to combat global climate change, with a goal…
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Michigan farms working to combat climate change

By Sophia Lada   04/26/21  
When Shelly Allen and her husband purchased their farm in 2005, there were a lot of environmental red flags.
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How persistent student organizing forced one of the largest public universities to divest from fossil fuels

By Jonathan Morris   04/09/21  
Last month, the University of Michigan became the latest to accept the obvious — that investing in the destruction of society is fundamentally counter to the mission of higher education. With its endowment of $14.2…
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“As bad as an oil spill”: Tons of sediment invade Kalamazoo River after dam drawdown

By Doug Reardon   03/31/21  
You’d likely miss it if you weren’t looking for it in the Kalamazoo River.
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Mid-Michigan climate advocates lobby Congress for carbon price

By Staff Reports   03/27/21  
A group of advocates from the Mt. Pleasant and Roscommon chapters of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) participated this week in a nationwide virtual lobbying push for climate legislation. The lobby meetings aim to build more…
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‘Winter is vanishing’ from the deep waters of Lake Michigan

By Jennifer Gray   03/26/21  
As the globe continues to warm at an astonishing rate due to climate change, winter is shrinking at depths we've never known before, including the Great Lakes.
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New problems arise for crop storage as planet gets warmer

By John Flesher   03/26/21  
 For generations, Brian Sackett’s family has farmed potatoes that are made into chips found on grocery shelves in much of the eastern U.S.
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Michigan Commission Approves Next Phase of DTE Electric’s EV Pilot Program

03/25/21  
DTE Electric to spend up to US$10.3 million on operation and maintenance costs for the program's second phase from 2021 to 2025.
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$1.6M for water infrastructure projects coming to University of Michigan

By Steve Marowsky   03/25/21  
 The University of Michigan has received a $1.6-million award from the U.S. Department of Energy for water infrastructure efficiency projects.
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Regents disinvest from holdings related to fossil fuels, commit to net-zero endowment by 2050 and invest $140 million into renewable energy

By Calder Lewis , Christian Juliano and Jared Dougall   03/25/21  
The University of Michigan Board of Regents voted to discontinue investments in companies engaged in oil reserves, oil extraction or thermal-coal extraction at Thursday’s Regents meeting. The board also committed to a net-zero investment portfolio…
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Michigan coastal wetlands targeted in ‘ambitious’ new Great Lakes restoration plan

By Emily Bingham   03/23/21  
 What’s good for piping plovers, black terns and other Great Lakes birds is good for Great Lakes humans, too.
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Small Town Michigan Students Are Fundraising To Add 30 KW Of Solar To Their School

By Jennifer Sensiba   03/23/21  
A group of students at a middle and high school in East Jordan, Michigan didn’t like that their school runs on fossil fuels. Instead of just being sad about it, they decided to take matters into…
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As Michigan climate changes, Grand Rapids uses green space to mitigate floods

By Lester Graham   03/16/21  
Climate change in the Great Lakes region means more intense storms. Already, some towns are finding they’re flooding where they never have before. One city in Michigan is finding the solution is nature.
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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…
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Renewable energy company plans to install solar farm in Marquette by end of 2023

By Ayanna Allen   03/04/21  
Savion, a renewable energy company, plans to bring its Superior Solar Project to life by the end of 2023. The company hopes to bring a 149.7-megawatt solar energy farm to Marquette County to help educate the local…
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Michigan renewable energy more resilient to cold than frozen Texas wind turbines

By Ann Pierret   02/18/21  
 The frigid temperatures across the United States have been difficult to handle in the south. Energy companies are conducting rolling black outs throughout the country to help conserve what little power they can provide right…
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Consumers Energy Announces Crescent Wind Now Producing Clean Energy in Southern Michigan

02/16/21  
Energy Provider’s Wind Farms Now Powering Nearly 250,000 Residents.
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I represent children in Flint, Michigan. Here’s what I’m asking Biden to do

By Corey Stern   02/02/21  
In his first 100 days, President Biden is racing to secure comprehensive reforms that both address the immediate challenges of today’s concurrent crises and make our economy and society more resilient for the future.
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Ann Arbor to lobby Michigan legislature for power to choose electricity sources

By Tom Perkins   01/14/21  
Officials in Ann Arbor, Michigan, are working with local legislators on a bill that would give cities greater control over where their electricity comes from.
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States & Cities Are Driving Climate & Clean Energy Progress

By Kit Kennedy   01/06/21  
And despite the continual crises and President Trump’s desperate efforts to turn back the clock on climate and clean energy in the United States, states, cities, and communities continued to demand and lead the fight…
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January in Michigan features the cloudiest, coldest days of the year

01/05/21  
While the arrival of January includes the arrival of a new year, in Michigan, it means longstanding cold and cloudy weather.
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Congressman Andy Levin Introduces Legislation Aimed At Sustainable Investments

By Annamarie Sysling   01/05/21  
Congressman Andy Levin, a Democrat representing Michigan’s 9th Congressional District, recently introduced two new pieces of legislation aimed at increasing transparency around the environmental impact of financial investments. Levin says the goal of the newly introduced Sustainable Investment…
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American Girl’s ‘Girl of the Year’ for 2021 is from Michigan

By Lisa Marie   01/04/21  
She's nurturing, inquisitive, and loves wildlife...and she's from Michigan. Meet Kira Bailey, American Girl's 'Girl of the Year' for 2021. Although she is visiting her great-aunts at their wildlife sanctuary and vet clinic in Queensland, Australia,…
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Bill to fight Great Lakes erosion signed into law

By Jake Draugelis   01/04/21  
The effects of rising water levels have begun to show in Michigan communities. In 2019 Lake Michigan tied the previous record high water level, in 2020 it surpassed that mark and 2021 is likely to…
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Michigan winters, as generations have known them, may be coming to an end

By Keith Matheny   01/04/21  
Karl Schwartz wishes he was simply chasing glory on the snowmobile racing track. Instead, in recent years, he has been forced to chase increasingly elusive cold weather.
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Michigan struggles to bring back clean energy jobs

By Lester Graham   01/03/21  
Michigan is struggling to bring back clean energy jobs. That sector has lost more than 22,000 jobs in the state since the pandemic began. November numbers show Michigan regained only 215 clean energy jobs.
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Michigan Hunters, Anglers Set 2021 Conservation Goals

By Jessica Mathews   01/01/21  
Hunters and anglers in Michigan and other states say they’re ready to work with the new administration and new Congress on key conservation issues. Director of Sporting Advocacy with the National Wildlife Federation Aaron Kindle…
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