Michigan Chapter

ReEnergize Michigan! Resources for Citizen Lobbyists

Re-Energize Michigan Policy Priorities & Background Reading for Citizen Lobbyists

Create powerful incentives for clean, alternative energy production and manufacturing
Michigan must enact a Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) to ensure that all renewable energy providers are paid a good price for the clean power they put onto the electric grid. Places like Denmark and Ontario are becoming clean energy powerhouses by paying top dollar for wind and solar energy. (This bill has been introduced: HB 4137 by Rep. Gonzales, entitled the Michigan Renewable Sources Act.)

Resources:
       o Wikipedia definition of Feed In Tariff
       o FIT Documents by Paul Gipe, international expert on FIT
       o Gainsville FL – First city to enact a FIT
       o Institute for Local Self Reliance primer on FIT

Encourage immediate investment in clean, alternative energy like wind and solar power
Michigan must increase the amount of energy it obtains from clean, alternative sources by raising our Renewable Portfolio Standard to 30% by 2025. Currently, Michigan’s standard of 10% renewable energy by 2015 is one of the weakest in the Great Lakes Region, and includes dirty power sources like coal-fired power plants and trash incineration. Requiring utilities to significantly ramp up their clean energy generation will make Michigan a magnet for wind and solar manufacturers, bringing thousands of jobs to the state. 

Resources:
        o Sierra Club’s floor letter on RPS that passed in 2008 – specifying weaknesses in RPS
        o SEMCOG PP Presentation – this is out of date, produced before last year’s energy bills passed. But it includes some good background. Don’t use any of the maps that don’t show Michigan as having an RPS or energy efficiency (EE) standards!
    

Make Michigan a leader in building “Green.”
Michigan should improve building codes so that new construction is as efficient as possible and incorporates “state of the art” building products and techniques to save energy. The state should also provide incentives and education to transform Michigan’s construction industry so that buildings become part of the solution to energy conservation and efficiency, as well as energy production.  

Resources:
       o coming soon!!

Maximize investments in energy efficiency to save ratepayers money and create thousands of skilled jobs
Michigan must raise the Energy Efficiency standard to 2% overall energy savings per year. Michigan will create thousands of good jobs throughout the state by helping people fix leaky windows, add insulation and install more efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems. Michigan can put our builders and tradesmen back to work in jobs that will not be outsourced.

Resources:
       o SEMCOG PP Presentation – this is out of date, produced before last year’s energy bills passed. But it includes some good background. Don’t use any of the maps that don’t show Michigan as having an RPS or energy efficiency (EE) standards!

Create incentives for sustainable biofuels and advanced battery manufacturing
Michigan must enact a Low Carbon Fuel Standard of 10% by 2020, requiring fuel providers to reduce the overall carbon footprint of our transportation sector while creating markets for Michigan-made vehicle power sources. Michigan has invested millions of dollars in technology and tax incentives to bring manufacturers of batteries for electric and hybrid cars to Michigan.  A LCFS will create the demand for those cleaner sources of power. 

Resources

Protect Michigan’s Ratepayers from High Energy Costs, Electric Shut-offs and Foreclosures resulting from non-payment of energy bills.
Michigan’s residents (especially those with lower incomes) have been hit hard by the recession and the foreclosure crisis. Michigan must prohibit complete electric shut-off during extreme or dangerous weather conditions. We also must prohibit banks from foreclosing on homes due to energy bill non-payment.

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