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This newsletter was originally published on April 27, 2015.
House Committee Takes Up Proposal to Eliminate Energy Efficiency Standard
On Wednesday, the House Energy Committee took up House Bill 4297, a bill that would eliminate Michigan’s energy optimization standard and move consideration of efficiency and renewable energy to a new integrated resource planning process. The first of two scheduled hearings on the bill, the committee this week took testimony focusing on the elimination of the energy optimization standard.
Michigan EIBC testified in opposition to the elimination of the energy efficiency standard, which has delivered billions of dollars in savings for customers, and according to the Michigan Public Service Commission, produced a net savings in 2013 of $3.75 for every dollar invested. Michigan EIBC President Dan Scripps highlighted these facts in testimony to the committee, and argued instead for five key elements that will build on the success of the current energy optimization standard. These elements include:
- Maintain the EO Standard as a cornerstone of Michigan’s energy policy.
- Expand energy efficiency savings to include all cost effective efficiency measures. Data suggests that this could amount to 1.6-1.7% per year, in line with Governor Snyder’s recommendation that we achieve an additional 15% energy reduction over the next ten years.
- Eliminate statutory barriers to energy savings, and work to better align utility business models with ratepayer interests. This is also consistent with the priorities outlined by Governor Snyder in his recent energy message.
- Expand the use of financing for energy efficiency, and eliminate the barriers to investor-owned utilities offering on-bill financing for energy improvements, another element called for by Governor Snyder.
- Encourage the use of demand management as a cost-effective way to address looming capacity issues reduce expensive peak energy consumption.
Michigan EIBC will continue to represent the energy priorities of its member companies in opposing efforts to eliminate Michigan’s successful and cost-effective energy efficiency standard. Want to make sure your company has a seat at the table? Join Michigan EIBC today!
Michigan EIBC Cohosts Combined Heat and Power Conference in Lansing
On the heels of their annual meeting, Michigan EIBC and Oakland University cohosted a conference on the future of combined heat and power energy (CHP) yesterday in Lansing. With the likely soon to be codified EPA rules on clean power generation, CHP can be a valuable tool to limit carbon emissions and foster the advanced energy economy.
Key speakers included Valerie Brader, senior energy policy advisor to Governor Snyder; Rep. Gary Glenn (R-Midland), vice chair of the House Energy Committee; Craig Gordon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Invenergy; John Bergwell, Director of Project Finance with Opterra Energy Services, and Roberto Hodge of Lansing Board of Water and Light. The conference also featured a number of representatives from Michigan EIBC member companies, including Andy Levin of Levin Energy Partners, Tim Lundgren of Varnum, LLP, and Skip Pruss of 5 Lakes Energy.
Upcoming Michigan Energy Events
The Engineering Society of Detroit and DTE are hosting the 2015 Energy Conference and Exhibition on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi.
The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association’s annual Michigan Energy Fair will be held this year on June 26-27, 2015 at the Ingham County Fairgrounds in Mason.
Upcoming National Energy Events
The CERES Conference 2015 will be held May 13-14 in San Francisco.
The American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) annual WINDPOWER 2015 Conference and Exposition is being held May 18-21, 2015 in Orlando, FL.
Advanced Energy Economy Institute is hosting a webinar, “Not Taking ‘No’ For An Answer: How Microsoft and Walmart Overcame Barriers and Got the Renewable Energy They Wanted” on May 28, 2015 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 pm ET.
Michigan Advanced Energy News
- Upper Michigan’s Source wrote about how solar power is even viable in the snowiest areas of Upper Michigan.
- Greening Detroit wrote about the growing desire to expand renewables and waste reduction to satisfy Michigan’s current and future energy needs.
- Wayne Kuipers, executive director of Michigan Energy Choice Now, wrote an editorial in the Detroit News on the importance of incorporating more competition in the energy industry.
National Advanced Energy News
- Tesla Motors is expected to announce home and utility scale battery products, bringing with it excitement on how it may affect the future of energy.
- Xcel pursues a community solar project in Wisconsin that will generate 3 megawatts, while local utilities try to increase fixed rates.
- Vocal opposition comes as a Kansas City, Missouri council committee considers an ordinance that would require owners of large buildings to measure and disclose their energy and water use.
- The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hear testimony on three pieces of energy efficiency legislation.
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Michigan EIBC is a business trade association representing companies in Michigan’s growing advanced energy sector. Michigan EIBC’s mission is to grow Michigan’s advanced energy economy by fostering opportunities for innovation and business growth and offering a unified voice in creating a business-friendly environment for the advanced energy industry in Michigan.
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SolarPermit.org is a national solar permitting database that provides information on permitting for solar in jurisdictions across the country. The database includes a variety of information, from average permit turnaround times, to information required to be included in the permit, to contact information for individual jurisdictions. You can browse the requirements for the Michigan cities included in the database here.
The U.S. Department of Energy is offering A Guide to Federal Finance Facilities Available for Energy Efficiency Upgrades and Clean Energy Deployment. The downloadable guide provides information about the various federal financing programs available for energy efficiency and renewable energy — making it easier for state, local and tribal leaders, along with their partners in the private sector, to find capital for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
The Department of Energy has offers free public access to accepted peer-reviewed manuscripts or published scientific journal articles from projects funded by the DOE within 12 months of publication.