Legislation setting an ambitious goal of 100% carbon-free energy in Michigan by 2035 was introduced this week.
- Establishes a renewable portfolio standard of 60% by 2030.
- Utility companies must include distributed generation programs accessible to low-income communities and communities of color.
- Allows the Michigan Public Service Commission to consider climate factors, affordability, and equity in its decision-making, and requires utilities to abide by those decisions.
- Updates and expands the energy waste reduction standards for utilities.
- Prioritizes low-income communities to benefit from energy efficiency programming.
- The three bills have been referred to the House Energy, Communications, and Technology Committee for consideration.