Members of the Senate Democratic Caucus announced a plan aiming to increase the environmental sustainability of Michigan. Named the Clean Energy Future Plan, the proposal seeks to address key financial and accessibility issues with transitioning to renewable energy sources.
The plan includes:
- Phasing out coal-fired electricity generating plants by 2030
- Developing a 100% clean energy standard by 2035
- Expanding the purview of the Michigan Public Service Commission to allow it to evaluate climate, health, equity, and affordability in the approval of utility Integrated Resource Plans
- Codifying the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s PA 116 Program, allowing farmers to rent land for solar operations while maintaining the preservation of farmland enrolled in the program
- Reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 25% by the end of 2035
- Reducing emissions related to heating homes and businesses by 17% by 2030 through the development of a Michigan Construction Decarbonization Strategic Plan
There are additional bills currently being developed, which will become part of the plan.