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Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.

Downward pricing trend
The Michigan Public Service Commission’s February 2015 report on renewable energy found that its cost declined 12% last year, its cost continues to be significantly less expensive than comparable coal power, and that “The actual cost of renewable energy contracts…continues to show a downward pricing trend.” All good data as Gov. Rick Snyder weighs a potential improvement to Michigan’s 10% by 2015 clean energy standard.

MER readership
Gov. Rick Snyder reads each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report cover to cover. At least that’s what he told MEC President Chris Kolb during an informal chat at a University of Michigan basketball game recently. Kolb suggested—and the governor denied—that Snyder’s picture on the front page of a recent edition might have had something to do with his interest in the newsletter! Hey, governor—if you’re reading this, drop us a line!

Detroit’s future
The Detroit Works Project’s Detroit Future City recommendations have given a viable blueprint for a better, if much different, Detroit moving forward. After a series of initial missteps and poorly planned outreach, Detroit Works has come through with a book-length set of findings and recommendations that can establish a foundation for future planning and decision making as the city transitions to a leaner, more efficient model.

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