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MEC lays out policy priorities to move Michigan forward in new legislative term

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Michigan Environmental Council today released a proactive policy agenda outlining actions state leaders should take in the upcoming legislative cycle for a stronger economy, cleaner environment and higher quality of life in the Great Lake State. The list of policy priorities encompasses a broad range of issues, from protecting our water resources and iconic wild places to accelerating our state’s transition to a clean-energy economy, building a modern transportation system and ending lead poisoning in Michigan.
Read MoreDec 22, 2014

Michigan Environmental Council Policy Priorities 2015-16

Research Reports
Michigan Environmental Council will focus its energy on the following priorities in the new legislative session. These and other goals emerged after five regional meetings with MEC member groups and partners statewide. At MEC’s annual meeting in October 2014, member groups identified this final priority list as the most important set of issues to address in the near term.
Download ReportDec 22, 2014

Rich Vander Veen: Guiding communities to clean-power prosperity

Michigan Environmental Report
Corn and soybeans are the cash crops for brothers Kent and Olin Humm, seventh-generation farmers near the Gratiot County village of Breckenridge. But the payments they receive for the four wind turbines on their 3,000 acres sure don’t hurt. “We’re not out working in the field today,” said Kent Humm in his workshop on a wet spring afternoon, “but we’re still making money.” That’s music to the ears of clean-energy entrepreneur Rich Vander Veen, the 2014 recipient of the Michigan Environmental Council’s Helen and William Milliken Distinguished Service Award.
View ArticleJul 3, 2014  •  Spring 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

A clean power plan for Michigan

Michigan Environmental Report
Many of us working on energy and climate policy looked forward to June 2 like it was Christmas morning. That was the date set for the EPA to announce a new draft rule to cut carbon pollution from power plants, building on the Clean Power Plan President Obama drafted last summer. Now that we’ve had a couple of weeks to dig into the rule, does it match the hype leading up to it? On one hand, yes: It is undoubtedly the most significant action the U.S. government has taken to address climate change, and it should yield economic benefits and job creation.
View ArticleJul 1, 2014  •  Spring 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

Latest state report on clean energy: Costs continue to drop

Michigan Environmental Report
Electricity from renewable clean energy sources in Michigan is at least 26 percent less expensive than comparable coal-fired electricity, according to an annual analysis by the Michigan Public Service Commission recently released.
View ArticleApr 23, 2014  •  Winter 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

Sarah Mullkoff hired to lead Michigan Environmental Council’s energy policy work

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Mullkoff comes from National Wildlife Federation. Replaces David Gard as MEC's energy program director.
Read MoreJan 10, 2014

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

Michigan Environmental Report
A State Senate committee rejected legislation to rescind Michigan’s ban on lawn clippings in landfills in a 5-4 vote Nov. 5. The legislation would have crippled the composting industry and deprived landscapers and homeowners of Michigan-made nutrient-dense compost.
View ArticleDec 7, 2013  •  Fall 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

Michigan Environmental Report
In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.
View ArticleSep 21, 2013  •  Summer 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

Job Opening - MEC Energy Program Director

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The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) seeks a full-time Energy Program Director to lead our organization’s efforts to promote widespread deployment of energy efficiency and renewable power through public policy reform.
View ArticleSep 9, 2013

President’s call for cuts in carbon pollution will protect ratepayers, public health

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President Obama’s call for cuts in carbon pollution, if achieved, will boost the economy, improve public health and protect ratepayers as well as help mitigate the effects of climate change, the Michigan Environmental Council said today. The initiative also gives Michigan an opportunity to harness the economic opportunities by expanding investments in energy efficiency and clean energy, the council said.
Read MoreJun 25, 2013

Fast-growing Michigan company thrives with energy-saving services

Michigan Environmental Report
Think of clean renewable energy, and wind turbines and solar panels usually come to mind before energy efficiency. But a Northern Michigan firm has harnessed the growing efficiency market to score national recognition as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S.
View ArticleMar 25, 2013  •  Winter 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

President's Column: A reasonable proposal for continuing Michigan’s renewable energy momentum

Michigan Environmental Report
Gov. Rick Snyder has launched a series of public discussions regarding energy policy in Michigan. The first of those seven meetings took place Feb. 14 in Lansing. A day later, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) released its annual report on renewable energy. The report found that Michigan is well on its way to meeting the renewable energy standard of 10% by 2015, and the price of renewable energy continues to fall.
View ArticleMar 25, 2013  •  Winter 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

Michigan Environmental Report
In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.
View ArticleMar 17, 2013  •  Winter 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

Top Twelve Proposal 3 Questions

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Across the state, we've been giving presentations on the 25% by 2025 proposal, and fielding good questions. Here are the top 12 questions answered.
View ArticleOct 30, 2012

Take action on 25x25: Send a letter to your family & friends

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MEC Development Director Andy Draheim's recent letter to his friends and family encapsulated his reasons for supporting Proposal 3, the 25x25 renewable energy standard on Michigan's ballot. We provide it here as an educational and outreach tool to YOUR friends and family who are interested in cutting through the confusing fog of television advertising and overwrought hyperbole.
View ArticleOct 29, 2012

Proposal 3 Cost Report -- 25% by 2025: The Impact on Utility Rates of the Michigan Clean Renewable Electric Energy Standard

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How would Proposal 3 affect your electric bill? Generating one quarter of Michigan’s electricity from renewable sources by 2025 would not have a significant impact on electricity rates and would actually reduce energy costs in the long term, according to an analysis released this month.
View ArticleOct 15, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Renewable Energy

Proposal 3 will immediately reduce rates for DTE residential customers

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Families use 36 percent of DTE's electricity, but pay 69% of the cost. Proposal 3 would immediately rectify this inequity
Read MoreOct 8, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Renewable Energy

Report: Proposal 3 will reduce energy costs for Michigan ratepayers

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Generating one quarter of Michigan’s electricity from renewable sources by 2025 would not have a significant impact on electricity rates and would actually reduce energy costs in the long term, a study released today concludes.
Read MoreOct 2, 2012

25% by 2025: The Impact on Utility Rates of the Michigan Clean Renewable Electric Energy Standard

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America’s fossil fuel–dominated energy infrastructure is moving toward a more balanced system incorporating renewable resources that are clean, inexhaustible, and declining in costs. Michigan is part of this transition, one of 30 states with a requirement that electricity suppliers provide customers with a growing proportion of renewable energy. But at 10 percent by 2015, Michigan’s Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) is among the nation’s lowest. When that limit is reached, no further development is required under current law. An initiative on the November 2012 general election ballot, Proposal 3, is a Clean Renewable Electric Energy Standard that would build on Michigan’s current RES. It would require electricity providers to use renewable resources for 25% of their generation by 2025. To protect consumers, the RES includes a cost cap ensuring that compliance with Proposal 3 cannot cause electric rates to increase by more than 1% in any year. Using data from the companies’ federal and state regulatory filings, forecasts by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) and other available information, this analysis examines the likely effect of Proposal 3 on ratepayer electricity costs.
Download ReportOct 2, 2012

For a clean energy future, vote yes on Proposal 3!

Michigan Environmental Report
Michiganders have an historic opportunity to move our state into a future of clean, Michigan-made energy by adopting the 25 by 25 renewable energy initiative. Proposal 3 on your ballot this November requires Michigan’s electric utility companies to generate one-quarter of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. Voters should adopt the initiative.
View ArticleSep 21, 2012  •  Summer 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report

President's Column: Don't believe the naysayers

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan’s utility companies are pouring millions into an expensive political ad campaign to confuse the voters on the renewable energy ballot initiative, Proposal 3. The proposal would raise our renewable electricity standard to 25 percent by 2025. There are plenty of great reasons to support Proposal 3 included in this edition’s special report. But it also is instructive to look at the most prevalent arguments against the ballot proposal and see why you shouldn’t believe the naysayers.
View ArticleSep 21, 2012  •  Summer 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report

NAACP campaigns for Proposal 3

Michigan Environmental Report
The NAACP has launched its Your Energy, Your Power! Campaign to Increase Clean Energy, including their support for Proposal 3.
View ArticleSep 20, 2012  •  Summer 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report

Projected Job and Investment Impacts of Policy Requiring 25% Renewable Energy by 2025 in Michigan

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At least 74,495 Michigan jobs will be created if the Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs renewable energy ballot proposal passes in November, according to a new report from researchers at Michigan State University. The study also found the higher renewable electricity standard would create more than $10 billion in new investments. The ballot question will ask voters to require Michigan’s utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. “Michigan is endowed with an abundance of wind, solar, hydro and biomass that not only could surpass our energy needs but can contribute more to economic development,” said the report. “Our study finds that Michigan stands to create tens of thousands of construction, operations and maintenance, and manufacturing jobs from passing a higher renewable energy standard.” The authors determined the proposal would create 31,513 jobs from construction and 42,982 jobs from operations and maintenance. The authors concluded there could be a range of additional job impacts.
Download ReportAug 10, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: Renewable Energy

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

Michigan Environmental Report
In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.
View ArticleJun 20, 2012  •  Spring 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report

25 x '25: Creating a new renewable energy standard for Michigan

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The Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs coalition wants to increase the state’s renewable energy standard to 25 percent by 2025. That would mean that a quarter of all the energy used in Michigan would come from renewable sources like the wind and sun.
View ArticleMay 22, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: Renewable Energy

Ballot drive aims to let voters decide Michigan’s energy future

Michigan Environmental Report
One quarter of Michigan’s electricity would be generated from renewable sources by 2025 under a proposal that supporters hope to place on the November 2012 ballot. The state’s Board of Canvassers approved petition language for the issue on Jan. 20.
View ArticleApr 20, 2012  •  Winter 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Renewable Energy, Wind Power

President's Column: Time to play offense - Lessons from March Madness?

Michigan Environmental Report
In basketball a strong defense is essential. But if you constantly sit back on your heels and allow the other team to dictate the flow of the game, there’s a good chance you’ll lose. For too long, the environmental community has played defense, letting issues come to us instead of taking an offensive posture.
View ArticleApr 15, 2012  •  Winter 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Renewable Energy

Solar panels boost output at Michigan Energy Options demonstration center in E. Lansing

Michigan Environmental Report
A suite of solar panels installed this winter at Michigan Energy Options’ (MEO) East Lansing office and energy demonstration center is the latest example of the organization’s commitment to “walking the talk” in regards to renewable power and energy efficiency.
View ArticleApr 5, 2012  •  Winter 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report

By The Numbers

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60: Percentage of Michigan electricity generated by coal 1.8: Billions of dollars Michiganders send to other states to buy coal to generate electricity
View ArticleApr 5, 2012  •  Winter 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC strongly urges Representatives to reject HB 4265 and HB 4266 -- yard waste ban exemption

Michigan Environmental Report
More greenhouse gases, more landfills and more layoff notices make these bills bad policy for the State of Michigan. Instead Michigan should be exploring policies that would make us a clean energy leader around the country.
View ArticleMar 14, 2012  •  March 2012 Online - Michigan Environmental Report

Entrepreneurs Flock to Consumers’ Solar Lottery

Michigan Environmental Report
When Doug Jackson was a high school senior, he was so fascinated by the power of the sun that he built an experimental solar panel for his school’s science fair. Now, decades later, thanks to a little luck and Consumers Energy’s own experimental solar panel program, Dr. Jackson—a retired orthopedic surgeon—is revisiting his dream of using sunshine to build a better country.
View ArticleMar 1, 2012  •  February 2012 Online - Michigan Environmental Report

Great Lakes chief Patty Birkholz: Wind energy can be part of a healthy energy mix for Michigan’s future

Michigan Environmental Report
Patty Birkholz, director of Michigan’s Office of the Great Lakes, talked wind energy recently with MEC member group Michigan Land Use Institute (MLUI). While she wouldn’t speculate about when – or how vigorously – Gov. Rick Snyder might take up the issue of offshore wind turbines, she did say the administration supports wind energy. 
View ArticleJan 31, 2012  •  January 2012 Online - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Wind Power, Renewable Energy

Wind and faith

Michigan Environmental Report
MEC member group Michigan Interfaith Power and Light (MIPL) brought together clergy from a half-dozen different faiths to tour the $440 million Gratiot County Wind Farm in November.
View ArticleDec 18, 2011  •  Fall 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

President's Column: Lost amid tax cut fever

Michigan Environmental Report
Lowering the cost of doing business in Michigan to grow our state’s economy has been a huge priority in Lansing this year. That focus has been almost entirely centered on taxes, including a $1.7 billion business tax cut by 2013. There is an overlooked cost center with more money-saving potential than tax cuts and far greater benefits for Michigan businesses and residents: energy costs. The amount Michiganders pay for energy rivals that of taxes, yet it has not been in the current administration’s sight lines.
View ArticleSep 12, 2011  •  Summer 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

Study: More than 74,000 jobs will be created if clean energy ballot issue wins

Michigan Environmental Report
More than 74,000 Michigan jobs will be created if the Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs renewable energy ballot proposal passes in November, according to a new report from researchers at Michigan State University.
View ArticleAug 16, 2011  •  August 2012 Online - Michigan Environmental Report

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan’s public transportation and passenger railroad service both got good news in May. The public transportation budget recommended by Gov. Rick Snyder and passed by the legislature retained existing funding levels—good news in a budget that otherwise cut natural resource protection budgets.
View ArticleJun 5, 2011  •  Spring 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

Gas bill? Forget about it at new Farmington Hills City Hall!

Michigan Environmental Report
Gas bills are a thing of the past at Farmington Hills City Hall, where efficient and renewable energy technologies heat, cool, illuminate and maintain the new $8 million building.
View ArticleDec 17, 2010  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC policy expert offers Peak Oil webinar

Michigan Environmental Report
A webinar led by MEC Energy Program Director David Gard exploring the concept of “Peak Oil” was offered to MEC member groups Sept. 30. The 60-minute presentation discussed the evidence and potential consequences of this emerging reality, and suggested possible solutions for a sustainable future
View ArticleDec 15, 2010  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

Quadruple Your Money for Clean Energy -- Give Online Now

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It's down to the wire on Proposal 3 -- the renewable energy campaign. Your financial support TODAY can make the difference between winning and losing. We're going to turn every $1 you give MEC before 5 p.m. Friday into $4 of support for Prop 3.
View ArticleOct 25, 2010

Peak Oil: Assessing the Global Supply of Cheap Energy

Michigan Environmental Report
Is our supply of cheap oil limited? If so, what are the consequences? What effective responses can the environmental community offer? Check out David Gard's recent webinar in streaming video.
View ArticleSep 30, 2010  •  Special Reports - Michigan Environmental Report

Saving energy, reducing costs are goals of MEC’s work behind the scenes

Michigan Environmental Report
Utilities in Michigan are implementing Clean Energy legislation passed by the Michigan Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jennifer Granholm last year (Public Acts 286 and 295 of 2008). Key components of that legislation require new programs in energy efficiency and renewable power. The legislation was a compromise supported by the Michigan Environmental Council, which fought for stronger measures to secure cost savings through energy efficiency and energy independence from renewable power.
View ArticleAug 29, 2009  •  Summer 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report

Environmental coalition calls for commission to reject Consumers Energy efficiency and renewables plan

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Leading environmental organizations filed a brief today calling for the Michigan Public Service Commission (PSC) to reject the energy efficiency and renewable energy plan filed by Consumers Energy. The groups argue the plan costs consumers too much and the energy efficiency plan does not do enough to reduce customers' bills.
Read MoreApr 29, 2009

Low-carbon fuels standard cited a 2009 legislative priority in Lansing

Michigan Environmental Report
One of the Michigan Environmental Council's legislative priorities for 2009 is the adoption of a low-carbon fuels standard that will help diversify Michigan's economy, protect the environment and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels from other states and nations.
View ArticleFeb 17, 2009  •  Winter 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Renewable Energy, Climate Change

Michigan’s offshore winds harbor vast potential for energy, economic development

Michigan Environmental Report
Our beloved Great Lakes are our nation’s most valuable fresh water haven. But in the age of peak oil, renewable energy standards and grandiose ‘Pickens like’ energy plans, our lakes’ second most plentiful resource lies hundreds of feet above the waters. That resource is offshore wind energy.
View ArticleDec 15, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Wind Power, Renewable Energy

Clean energy legislation signed by Governor: The economy and the environment win

Michigan Environmental Report
A victory for Michigan’s environment and economy was secured in September with the adoption of new energy efficiency programming and the state’s first renewable energy standard.
View ArticleDec 14, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
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