Local officials have plans to make the $6 billion Destination Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota net zero.

A net-zero strategy for major Minnesota medical center

Rochester, Minnesota’s new $6 billion Destination Medical Center district should expand existing district energy systems, encourage or require developers to follow state efficiency building requirements and maximize onsite renewable energy, according to a recent report by the Center for Energy and Environment.

Wind development in Michigan has taken place mostly in the Thumb region, such as here in Ubly, Michigan.

Stronger standards needed as renewable prices decline, advocates say

Stronger renewable energy standards are needed in Michigan, even though prices for renewables are declining and becoming more competitive with fossil fuels, advocates say. While some Republicans argue that wind energy no longer needs government support and that market forces will drive renewables, others say legislation remains key to guiding the state's energy future.