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State Offering Energy Related Event Sponsorships

Mar 13, 2020

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy is offering up to $2,5000 for events related to energy waste reduction, renewable energy, recycling, and/or sustainability. The sponsorships are available to local governments, schools, universities, 501c3 or 501c6 organizations, and small businesses. To be considered for funding, an application must be submitted at least 30 days […]

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Renewable Energy Ordinances Database Launched

Feb 28, 2020

Given that over half of Michigan’s more than 1,800 municipalities have considered renewable energy in their zoning ordinances, the state has launched a unique database that houses all ordinances in one accessible location. Launched by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, the database is the first compilation of all ordinances across the state […]

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Electronic Vehicle Charging Stations Legislation Drives Forward

Feb 21, 2020

The House Energy Committee approved of legislation dealing with the increasing need for electric vehicle charging stations throughout Michigan. The package, introduced by Representative Andrea Schroeder (R-Independence Twp.), makes reforms, which she hopes will help the state remain a world leader in transportation innovation, while helping the state prepare for continued growth in electric vehicle […]

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Legislation Introduced Requiring Renewable Energy

Jan 31, 2020

Representative Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) and Senator Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) introduced legislation requiring all Michigan utilities’ energy generation to be renewable by 2050. Under the proposal, utilities would gradually increase renewable generation and storage in order to eliminate fossil fuel generation by the target date. The scheduled increase is as follows: 25% by 2025, 50% […]

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Renewable Energy Systems Exempt from Property Taxes

Nov 15, 2019

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation that reinstates the property tax exemption for renewable energy systems that was previously in effect. The bills allow for the exemption from personal property taxes as long as the renewable energy system offsets all or a portion of the energy use for the property and produce less than 150 kilowatts. […]

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Solar Panel Taxation Bills Headed to the Governor

Nov 01, 2019

Installing solar panels on a home or business could no longer increase property taxes under legislation approved by the Senate this week. Currently, some communities charge higher property taxes on homes and buildings after they have installed solar panels. However, this practice varies by community. This proposal would create a consistent law across the state […]

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Michigan PFAS Response Team Director Testifies Before Congress

Jul 26, 2019

Steve Sliver, executive director of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) testified before congress, calling for additional resources to combat PFAS contamination. During his testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Environment, he outlined the $50 million effort Michigan has been undertaking to investigate and cleanup PFAS […]

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Attorney General Intervenes in Utility Rate Increase Cases

Jul 12, 2019

This week, Attorney General Dana Nessel announced her plans to intervene in four utility rate cases. Currently, three providers have filed with the Michigan Public Service Commission to increase their residential consumers’ rates and a fourth is anticipated to also request a rate increase. The Attorney General citied protecting ratepayers as her reason for intervening […]

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