Michigan EIBC: New study finds strong support for clean energy in Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Feb. 1, 2019

Contact: Nick Dodge, Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications, (517) 333-1606

LANSING – The Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (Michigan EIBC) today hailed a recent Michigan State University study reported on by WKAR that found Michigan residents strongly support transitioning away from coal and expanding use of clean energy, like wind and solar. According to report, 75 percent of the public supports moving away from coal to other forms of energy and 90 percent of Michiganders say they support expanding the use of solar in Michigan.

“Advancements in technology and declining costs have made renewable energy an affordable way to power our homes and businesses while growing our 21st century economy,” said Laura Sherman, vice president of policy development for Michigan EIBC. “Job creation, funding for local governments and programs, as well as reduced pollution have made expanding clean energy popular in communities across Michigan.”

In 2018, Consumers Energy announced it would phase out its use of coal entirely by 2040 and ramp up reliance on wind and solar. DTE Energy is expected to submit its long-term energy plan in March.

“We are at a turning point for our energy mix. Michigan’s utility companies are submitting long-term energy plans and we have a new administration that has indicated support for renewable energy, electric vehicles and energy efficiency. There is enormous potential for further growth in Michigan’s advanced energy industry, which will help boost our economy and create more jobs for Michiganders,” Sherman said.