Integrated resources plans could offer Michigan activists a venue to make sure utilities are following through on recent renewable pledges.
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.
A Michigan lawmaker more widely known for his strongly conservative positions on social issues may be an unlikely ally for those pushing for more clean energy here. State Rep. Gary Glenn, a first-term Tea Party Republican, says he is preparing to release an energy package next month that would encourage distributed generation and allow ratepayers to buy renewable energy from alternative suppliers.