Michigan Governor Directs Commission to Develop Energy Plan that Includes Renewable Energy Requirement

April 06, 2006

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm signed an executive order on April 6 calling for the development of a comprehensive energy plan for the state of Michigan that establishes a renewables portfolio standard (RPS). Granholm directed the chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission (PSC) to develop the plan by the end of 2006. The PSC will recommend that Michigan establish an RPS that requires electricity producers to obtain a minimum percentage of their electricity from renewable energy resources.

Specifically, Executive Directive 2006-2 asks for recommendations to ensure the state can both reliably meet its growing energy needs and keep electric rates competitive. The plan, when complete, will encourage the use of new technologies to improve energy efficiency, cleanliness, and distribution and will explore ways to continue the growth of the alternative energy industry here in Michigan. It will also address key infrastructure issues such as power transmission.

Granholm said, "Michigan has the capability to become America's alternative energy development epicenter, and that offers a tremendous opportunity to diversify our economy and provide high-tech, high-wage, 21st century jobs to our residents. A comprehensive energy plan will strengthen our competitive business climate, grow jobs, and provide affordable rates for all customers for the long term." For more information, read the governor's April 6 press release.