Shutting down the pipeline would cut off the Upper Peninsula from its supply of cheap propane, but clean energy advocates say there are better alternatives for heating.
Congress included the new tax credit in December’s COVID-19 stimulus bill, offering 26% off the cost of installing high-efficiency wood boilers.
The proposal to prevent cities from prohibiting new natural gas hookups mirrors pending legislation in other states, including Kansas and Missouri.
Supporters think the state’s forests have an important role to play in transitioning from fossil fuel heating sources.
A developer is pursuing city financing to build an aquifer thermal energy system as an alternative to natural gas.