energy efficiency


The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Michigan’s Proposed Clean Energy Overhaul

, energy analyst

On November 10th the Michigan Senate passed legislation (Senate bills 437 and 438) to overhaul how the state’s utilities are regulated. It’s been more than two years in the making, and the legislation touches on a wide range of issues that will impact the role of clean energy in meeting Michigan’s energy future, including how to handle the growth in rooftop solar and updating the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards. Read more >

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Michigan and the Clean Power Plan: What the State’s Analysis Can and Cannot Tell Us

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On September 26th the state of Michigan released its initial analysis of the potential impacts of complying with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) that will limit carbon emissions from existing power plants.

The analysis found that complying with the CPP may actually provide cost saving opportunities for Michigan ratepayers, particularly if Michigan strengthens its commitment to energy efficiency and cooperates with neighboring states. But the analysis fails to shed light on the role renewable energy could play in maximizing consumer benefits, while minimizing the variety of risks associated with an overreliance on natural gas. Read more >

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Photo: Mark Jurrens (Wikimedia)
Photo: Mark Jurrens (Wikimedia)

Which States are the Most Energy-Efficient? A “Dramatic Photo Finish,” and a Tie for Top Honors

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Some people get excited about fall because of the beautiful foliage, the delightful blend of sunny days and crisp cool nights, and the bountiful harvests of apples and other tasty treats. I love all that, too. But I also enjoy this time of year because it brings the annual assessment of how states are doing on energy efficiency. And this year was more of a nail-biter than most.

Whoever’s on top, though, it’s clear that when states make progress on energy efficiency, we all win. Read more >

Photo: Mark Jurrens (Wikimedia)
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Hundreds Rally in Chicago to Support the EPA’s Clean Energy Incentive Program

, policy analyst, Clean Energy

This was the only public hearing scheduled on the CEIP in the entire country, placing Illinois front and center on clean energy. Read more >

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Michigan’s Energy Future Still in Limbo as Legislature Breaks for Summer

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The Michigan legislature failed again to come to agreement on energy policy last week as they broke for summer recess, with proposals waiting for a vote in both the House and the Senate. One thing is clear: both proposals still need a lot of work if they are going to truly move Michigan toward a sustainable, reliable, and affordable electricity supply. Read more >

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