Pages tagged "Energy & Climate Change"
Last year, Michigan set in motion its plan to fight climate change. It's method: move the state away from fossil fuels and toward clean, renewable energy. The MI Healthy Climate Plan sets bold goals for electric companies, for cars, for industry and for... buildings?
It may seem nonsensical at first, but buildings like our homes and our workplaces are major contributors of climate change. Stoves and heating may run on gas. Air conditioning and appliances may use massive amounts of energy. And windows and doors may let the wintry or hot air of the outdoors in, causing more heating or cooling to be used.
To best fight climate change, we must electrify our homes and make them as efficient as possible. The result is not only good for the environment. It's good for our personal health and our personal finances, too.
Now, in the wake of a Democratic takeover in the Michigan Legislature, influential State Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) is prepared to put this part of the MI Healthy Climate Plan in motion. Last session, she introduced the MI Affordable, Healthy Homes Proposal, which would invest $1.6 billion in surplus COVID dollars into building and renovating energy-efficient, pollution-free homes for the working and middle classes. It would also fund programs that train workers to complete these sorts of building projects.
Join Sen. Chang as she discusses the need for investments in healthy, affordable homes and buildings and what our homes of the near future might look like if her legislation passes. She'll be joined by Charlotte Jameson, chief policy officer of the Michigan Environmental Council and organizer of the Resilient Homes Michigan coalition.
Can't make the event live? Register and we'll send you a recording.
The Capitol Connection webinar series is generously sponsored by:
On Thursday, one of Michigan's largest utility companies submitted its long-range energy roadmap for consideration.
DTE Energy's integrated resource plan is now before the Michigan Public Service Commission, which regulates investor-owned utilities in the state. The filing comes as studies show the company has some of the highest electricity costs and poorest reliability.Read more
Gas prices are slowly dropping across the state and nation, as they have been for two months. That’s thanks to an increase in gasoline production, federal initiatives, and a cutback on driving.
It’s what economists call the “rocket and feather” effect. Gas prices shoot up quickly and fall slowly. Unlike a falling feather, though, the slow drop in gas costs is painful. Gas prices are still abnormally high. That in turn, is making the cost of many products, which are dependent on vehicles, to be abnormally high, too.
People have endured this expensive cost of living for too long. For some, it’s a frequent inconvenience. For others, it’s another dent in their already too-strained paychecks, a sacrifice of comfort.Read more
A settlement agreement filed by a major Michigan utility company will be a critical step in combating the climate crisis, reducing coal plant pollution in air and water, and supporting green jobs.Read more
Whether from advocates, lawmakers or industry leaders, the message was the same at Tuesday evening's town hall: pointless restrictions on who can use solar energy must end.
Panelists of the event hosted by the Michigan Environmental Council and Michigan United each encouraged the passage of House Bill 4236. The bill, sponsored by 10 Republicans and three Democrats, would lift the cap on distributed generation. This would allow anyone to generate energy, like solar, on their business or property and get credit for any excess energy they send back to the grid.Read more
A bipartisan deal would lead to less flooding, cleaner drinking water, better state parks and affordable, energy efficient homes.
The supplemental budget deal, which passed out of the House Appropriations committee late Wednesday night, would invest over $2.5 billion into environmental projects. Much of the money stems from extra state and federal COVID dollars.
The supplemental reflects the environmental priorities of Gov. Whitmer, who previously proposed $2.2 billion in environmental initiatives. The final deal builds off of two proposals put forward by Appropriations Committee Vice Chair Sen. Jon Bumstead, which provided $4.3 billion in water and parks funding.Read more
As the state prepares to release its plan to make Michigan carbon neutral by 2050, a judicial recommendation, if taken up, would get us just shy of a crucial step being reached.
Administrative Law Judge Sally Wallace recommended Consumers Energy close two of the three units of its JH Campbell coal plant in Ottawa County by 2025. She also recommended the Campbell Unit 3 undergo further study and modeling to determine when it should close.Read more
On Wednesday morning, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rolled out a proposal for the largest state budget in history, with billions of dollars being dedicated toward natural resource protection, clean energy, clean water and climate resiliency.
Among the largest environmental investments are $1.22 billion for clean water; $593 million for climate, clean energy and mobility; and $403 million in natural resource protections.
Charlotte Jameson, chief policy officer of the Michigan Environmental Council, issued the following statement in response.Read more
Michigan's environmental department will continue reducing air pollution levels in three West Michigan counties, a great move for the hearts and lungs of their residents.
The decision was made by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE) on Nov. 3 for Allegan and Berrien counties and part of Muskegon County. Each area registers high levels of ozone, a dangerous pollutant also known as smog that is often created by fossil fuel pollution and wildfires.Read more
The $70 billion state budget, signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday, includes funding that will make homes safer and healthier for Michiganders.
Residents will soon have better opportunities to get lead out of their homes, regulate household temperature and keep PFAS and other chemicals out of their faucets.
“The Michigan Environmental Council would like to thank lawmakers and Gov. Whitmer for prioritizing residents' health,” said Tina Reynolds, program director for environmental health at the Michigan Environmental Council. “We spend more than 80% of our time indoors. The safety of our homes is a critical part of a healthy environment.”Read more