The Michigan utility aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, but its compensation packages still include rewards for “coal plant reliability.”
In hearings this week, environmental advocates and community members voiced concerns about the state’s many contaminated sites.
As coal plants retire, they leave behind power lines and grid connections that can be a big asset to renewable developers.
Latest developments don’t resolve ongoing market problems for coal.
The Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency’s push for clean energy mirrors a broader trend for the state’s utilities.