Policy

POLICY

Michigan EIBC works to build public and political support for advanced energy in Michigan. Our team offers members unmatched Michigan energy policy expertise, translating member priorities into high-level policy wins that improve the business environment for advanced energy companies in Michigan.

Supporting the Advanced Energy Industry during the COVID-19 Crisis

Supporting the Advanced Energy Industry during the COVID-19 Crisis As the state government navigates the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and identifies ways to support small businesses, put people back to work, provide added resiliency for Michigan’s economy, and continue to support a rapid transition to advanced energy technologies, the advanced energy industry should be an important part of any policy agenda. In 2019, the advanced energy…

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Update on Distribution Grid Modernization Work at the Michigan PSC

Update on Distribution Grid Modernization Work at the Michigan PSC   The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) is nearing the end of its process to update its approach to distribution grid planning ahead of the next deadline in June of 2021 for utilities to file their plans on how they will maintain and upgrade the grid. Michigan EIBC has been heavily involved in these efforts…

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Michigan’s Grid Is Not as Resilient as It Could Be. Energy Storage Can Help

Energy storage is a transformative technology, and there are reasons to expect the use of storage in Michigan to grow in coming years, Michigan EIBC President Laura Sherman writes in Greentech Media. Storage has not unleashed its full potential in Michigan, but new rules are being crafted by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator to help storage compete in wholesale electricity markets in the Midwest, and there is…

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How New Legislation Will Give Distributed Generation In Michigan Fair Treatment

The following is an excerpt from an opinion piece written by Michigan EIBC President Laura Sherman for Crain’s Detroit Business. Since the Michigan Legislature passed sweeping energy legislation in 2016, regulators have been developing a plan to change how customers who install solar panels at their homes are credited for the power they produce. Utilities are now proposing replacements to the previous system of net metering. In…

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Commentary: Utility planning must keep pace with rapid changes in energy sector

Read Michigan EIBC President Laura Sherman’s article in Midwest Energy News. Text follows. DTE Energy’s integrated resource plan (IRP) is a stunning example of how quickly the U.S. energy sector has changed and continues to change. As recently as a decade ago, DTE Energy was nearly 80% reliant on coal-fired power plants for its energy supply and 1% reliant on renewables.  Now, DTE’s fuel mix is approximately 64% coal and…

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Michigan Needs to Modernize its Electric Grid. Here Is Where to Start.

The increasing affordability of solar panels, lithium-ion batteries, and other clean energy technologies has made big changes in the way we power our lives possible.  Never before have average residents and businesses had access to more ways to generate, store, and manage their own power. As a result, their relationship with their utility is changing. For the clean energy revolution to continue, it is not…

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