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Public Service Commission report affirms clean energy strategy

Sep 8, 2009
Statement of the Michigan Environmental Council
September 8, 2009

No new coal-fired power plants are needed in Michigan for at least 13 years, according to a report released today by the Michigan Public Service Commission staff.

The report gives impetus to a clean energy strategy adopted by the State Legislature and Gov. Jennifer Granholm last year when they approved Michigan’s first renewable energy standard and a new energy efficiency program. Accelerating those programs will meet the state’s energy needs, create in-state jobs and cut down dangerous pollutants including climate-changing carbon dioxide.

“This report makes clear that our energy needs can be met with efficiency programs that save money for ratepayers and with clean energy options like wind, solar and biomass that provide manufacturing jobs for Michiganders and revenue for farmers throughout the state,” said Michigan Environmental Council President Chris Kolb.

“The alternative is building more polluting coal plants that suck the life from our economy by forcing us to spend billions of dollars to buy coal from other states.”

James Clift, Michigan Environmental Council: 517-256-0553
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