This week, a dozen businesses and trade associations sent a letter to Michigan lawmakers thanking them for increasing the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard and strengthening the Energy Optimization Standard.
Fifty-four days after Michigan lawmakers agreed on comprehensive and widely praised energy reforms, the Republican legislator now steering energy policy discussions in the state House announced he’s ready to take a scalpel to the new laws.
While Republicans will control both houses of Minnesota’s legislature next year, a recent forum suggests clean energy policy – particularly for solar and electric vehicles – will still have a place in the conversation.
Despite President-elect Donald Trump’s outspoken denial of climate science being reflected not just though his words but his appointments, there is growing sentiment that the country’s energy future will be decided largely at the state level and by markets, relatively independent of Trump’s positions.
New Illinois energy legislation was a product of negotiation and compromise, but many details still have to be worked out.
An energy bill that would make compliance with the state’s clean energy standards voluntary until 2020 now heads to the Ohio Senate with a new provision that critics call an added “giveaway” for utilities.
Clean energy groups in Michigan are taking a variety of positions on a proposed statewide energy policy overhaul, but all agree the bills could be strengthened to encourage in-state renewable energy development apart from utilities.
With the fate of the state’s clean energy standards and the federal Clean Power Plan still unsettled, utility, fossil fuel and nuclear energy interests have spent almost $3 million in reported contributions for Ohio political campaigns this year through October.
Whether purchasing a Tesla is in their future or not, consumers should have the option to make that choice based on their values, needs, and budget, unencumbered by government interference.
With Ohio shaping up to once again be a battleground state for this year’s presidential election, contrasts on energy and climate policy could affect whether Democrats or Republicans win the state’s 18 votes in the Electoral College.