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

2020 in Review: Climate change, COVID-19 and Michigan’s governor

By Gary Wilson   01/01/21  
When I look back at my 2020 Great Lakes Now reporting, three themes jump off the page – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, COVID-19 and climate change. In her 2018 election campaign Whitmer articulated an extensive…
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Commodities 2021: States racing to set goals toward net-zero emission, 100% renewable electricity

By Kassia Micek   12/24/20  
Four more governors announced plans to put their states on a path toward 100% renewables or carbon-free emissions, bringing the total up to 12 states that are leading the US energy transition, while the recent…
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Michigan Clean Energy Year in Review (and the Road Ahead)

Samantha Williams & Derrell E. Slaughter   12/21/20  
ooking back at the progress that has been made on clean energy in Michigan over this last year, framed against the tumult of 2020, is not an easy task. The human toll of COVID-19, the…
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Clean energy, Line 5, electric choice on Michigan’s energy docket in 2021

By Andy Balaskovitz   12/20/20  
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order in late September creating a long-term climate change plan calling for the state to be carbon neutral by 2050.
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As Lake Michigan beaches erode, millions of dollars have been poured into temporary solutions

By Patrick M. O’Connell   12/20/20  
As the wind whipped across the top of the Big Sable Point lighthouse, one of the most famous and beloved on the Great Lakes, Jim Gallie pointed to the disappearing beach: "It's been progressively getting…
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Michigan PSC approves lower net-metering rate for Consumers Energy solar customers

By Kelsey Misbrener   12/18/20  
The Michigan Public Service Commission issued its Order in the Consumers Energy rate case on Thursday. While Consumers has agreed to double the cap on its Distributed Generation (DG) program from 1% to 2%, the…
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Michigan utilities funded candidates during key caucus leadership races

By Tom Perkins   12/18/20  
Campaign finance records show an uptick in activity as lawmakers challenged a critic of the utility industry’s agenda.
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University of Michigan could achieve carbon neutrality for certain emissions by 2025, report says

By Steve Marowsk   12/17/20  
The President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality at the University of Michigan has recommended a lofty goal of achieving carbon neutrality for certain emissions by 2025. The commission released a draft of its recommendations Thursday, which…
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Michigan utilities may soon limit payouts to homes with rooftop solar

By Kelly House   12/16/20  
Bert Seyfarth is concerned about climate change, but the solar panels on the roof of his East Lansing home aren’t just a symbol of environmental awareness, he said. They’re a financial investment.
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More Michigan farmers stand up to climate-change threats

By Mary Schuermann Kuhlman   12/11/20  
With farms and ranches on the front lines of climate change, there's a new effort to keep their lands resilient.  The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance includes forest owners, food producers, state governments, and conservation…
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Points North: Where to build solar farms in Michigan

By Lexi Krupp & Peter Payette   12/11/20  
There’s a lot of interest in solar energy in Michigan as the technology becomes cheaper and more efficient, and utility companies set ambitious renewable energy goals. But building up the state's solar capacity will require…
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Could a Michigan green bank offer a blueprint for Biden’s green recovery?

By Tom Perkins   12/09/20  
Michigan Saves is one of the oldest and most effective green bank programs in the country, drawing about $30 in private investment per every public dollar invested.
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Biden’s focus on climate change could mean jobs for Michigan

By Cheyna Roth   11/28/20  
Within his first 100 days in office, President-elect Joe Biden plans to reenter the United States into the Paris climate agreement of 2015, an obtainable move among many of his proposed environmental plans that will…
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The battle for Lake Michigan: As beaches erode, millions of dollars have been poured into temporary solutions.

By Patrick M. O'connell   11/20/20  
As the wind whipped across the top of the Big Sable Point lighthouse, one of the most famous and beloved on the Great Lakes, Jim Gallie pointed to the disappearing beach: “It’s been progressively getting…
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The battle for Lake Michigan: As beaches erode, millions of dollars have been poured into temporary solutions. Can anyone find a long-term fix?

By Patrick M. O' Connell   11/20/20  
 As the wind whipped across the top of the Big Sable Point lighthouse, one of the most famous and beloved on the Great Lakes, Jim Gallie pointed to the disappearing beach: “It’s been progressively getting…
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Climate change bites into West Michigan apples

By Samantha Jacques   11/16/20  
A few more bad apples -- that is what farmers are prepping for as our climate continues to change. Extreme rain and drought paired with warmer temperatures make apple production tougher than ever. Ed Robinette,…
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Joe Biden Airs Climate-Themed TV Ad In Battleground Michigan

By Chris D’Angelo   10/07/20  
As President Donald Trump digs in on denial, the Democratic nominee has made combating the crisis a key part of his campaign.
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Cities With the Highest Flood Risk in Every State

By Andrew Lisa   08/23/20  
Floods accounted for three of the 14 natural disasters that caused at least $1 billion in damage in the United States in 2019. In total, flooding impacted 14 million Americans last year and put another…
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Weather Disasters Are Mounting Amid The Pandemic. Michigan Floods Are Just The Latest.

By Alexander C Kaufman   05/21/20  
By Wednesday, fears mounted that the deluge could infiltrate a Dow chemical plant and endanger a nuclear research reactor. The company confirmed that floodwaters were “commingling with on-site containment ponds.”
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Michigan dams fail near Midland; ‘catastrophic’ flooding underway

By Matthew Cappucci and Andrew Freedman   05/20/20  
Unprecedented flooding was ongoing Wednesday morning in Midland County, Mich., after a pair of dams collapsed following record rainfall. Thousands of residents have been told to evacuate as floodwaters gush into the communities along the…
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How Is the Climate Crisis Affecting Michigan?

05/06/20  
Here are three ways the climate crisis has left its fingerprints on the so-called Mitten State.
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From rust to resilience: What climate change means for Great Lakes cities

By Kari Lydersen   04/21/20  
Even as Great Lakes cities cope with economic turbulence, climate change brings new challenges and opportunities. ...
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Michigan city plows ahead with climate plan amid pandemic

By Daniel Cusick   04/08/20  
"Even during the COVID-19 global pandemic, we face no greater threat than climate change," Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor said.
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Ford, Dow and other Michigan companies want renewable energy, so why aren’t they buying more?

By Laura Sherman   10/02/19  
Michigan serves as a good case study of this issue of unmet corporate demand for renewable energy.
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The Detroit Zoo plans to be entirely powered by renewable energy by 2021

By Ryan Prior   08/27/19  
Windmills and solar panels may soon be keeping the lights on in the reptile house, and throughout the Detroit Zoo. The zoo, located in Detroit's suburb of Royal Oak, says it's shifting to being powered…
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Cyanide and ammonia spill by ArcelorMittal in Indiana river and Lake Michigan not reported for days

By Morgan Krakow   08/20/19  
Thousands of fish have died over the past week, since a failure at a steel plant caused cyanide and ammonia to leak into a river that feeds Lake Michigan....
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Health Officials (Mostly) Not Waiting to Act on Climate

By Juanita Constible   07/09/19  
A new report released by EcoAdapt with the support of NRDC finds that public health departments in 16 U.S. states are building their capacity to deal with the myriad health harms of climate disruption—even if…
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Solar installers say new rates are slowing demand for rooftop solar

By Tracy Samilton   06/17/19  
In May, the Michigan Public Service Commission approved a new, so-called "inflow/outflow" model for  rooftop solar rates, replacing the former "net metering" scheme.
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Deep Decarbonization Plans for Michigan’s Utilities, but Different Paths

By Tracy Samilton   05/20/19  
It's a tale of two decarbonization plans in Michigan. For DTE Energy, the path to achieve an 80 percent carbon emissions reduction by 2040 depends on a controversial new natural gas plant. Consumers Energy's clean…
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As Rooftop Solar Rises, a Battle Over Who Gets to Own Michigan’s Renewable Energy Future Grows

By Jim Malewitz   05/20/19  
Michigan's two biggest utilities have successfully pressured regulators to phase out net-metering, an incentive in 40 states that's driving solar growth by paying private solar owners for their excess power. The move upends the economics…
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Consumers Energy chief sees solar future in Michigan

By Jim Malewitz   05/20/19  
Patti Poppe is the chief executive of Consumers Energy, Michigan's second-largest energy provider that, like utilities across the country, is rapidly weaning itself from coal. But Poppe's carbon-cutting ambition stands out. Consumers Energy won't replace…
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To Give Fossil Fuels the Shaft – A Mine is a Terrible Thing to Waste

By Peter Sinclair   04/13/19  
Pumped hydro storage is a mature technology used around the world. Placing such a system below ground is what makes the new pilot study collaboration quite unusual.
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U-M to reduce emissions through renewable energy purchase from DTE Energy

By University of Michigan News   04/09/19  
The University of Michigan is on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly following an agreement to buy renewable energy through DTE Energy that will result in about half of the purchased electricity for the…
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Report warns of climate change-related impacts on Great Lakes

By Emma Edmund   04/07/19  
Experts warn that climate change poses a significant threat to the Great Lakes region, according to an Environmental Law and Policy Center report published last month.
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GM stages $1.4 billion U.S. investment announcement to appease Trump

By Josh Dawsey   03/22/19  
General Motors announced a substantial new investment at a Michigan factory Friday that the automaker says underscores its commitment to building vehicles and creating jobs in the United States.
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Michigan Tech Researchers Say Distributed Renewables Save Utility Customers Money

By Steve Hanley   03/20/19  
A study by researchers at Michigan Technical University claims increasing renewable and distributed generation energy sources can save Michigan electric consumers money. The study, entitled “Policies to Overcome Barriers for Renewable Energy Distributed Generation: A…
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High-Stakes Fight Over Rooftop Solar Spreads to Michigan

By Dan Gearino   10/17/18  
Clean energy advocates say it is the most worrying attempt to undermine net-metering policies since a 2015 move by Nevada nearly killed the solar market there.
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Michigan utilities propose more than $20M in EV charging programs

By Robert Walton   08/13/18  
The two largest utilities in the state, DTE Energy and Consumers Energy, are looking at time-of-use charging rates in two proposed electric vehicle (EV) charging programs worth a combined $20.5 million of investments.
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