In her State of the State address Tuesay, Michigan's Governor Jennifer Granholm announced sweeping changes that could make Michigan a leader on clean, alternative energy.
The Governor's new plan will effectively put the brakes on Michigan's new coal plants, while also spurring renewable energy and efficiency for homes and schools.
Some specifics of the plan include:
Reducing dependence on fossil fuels 45% by 2020
Requiring all new coal plant developers to go back to the drawing board and consider clean energy alternatives
Weatherization of at least 100,000 homes and 1,000 schools
Promotion of distributive generation, including wind and solar on schools
Under this proposal, Michigan would dramatically expand the use of in-state renewable resources--both through utility-scale applications as well as through a proposed "feed-in tariff" for residential and business customers.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) commended Granholm for the "bold" proposal.
"If fully implemented, this bold proposal would jump Michigan into the front row among states," ACEEE Utilities Program Director Dr. Martin Kushler, said.