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Environmental Policy

A balanced approach is key to Michigan’s energy future.

Public Act 295 of 2008 is also known as Michigan’s comprehensive energy law. It requires Michigan’s energy providers to meet 10% of their electricity sales from renewable resources in 2015. Michigan-owned and -operated energy companies are committed to investing in Michigan’s future, and are actively working to meet the 10% goal, as well as the interim goals established by the law.

AMP supports environmental solutions for Michigan that::
  • Strike a balance between protecting the environment and supporting Michigan’s economic recovery, investment, and long-term stability.
  • Help Michigan develop innovative energy infrastructure to meet future energy needs in an environmentally responsible way.
  • Set achievable goals that ensure the energy supply remains reliable and energy prices remain stable.
  • Advance Michigan’s ability to produce its own energy.
  • Allow Michigan families and communities to reap the benefits of local investment in energy production.

AMP believes the 2008 Energy Policy provides a solid framework for developing Michigan’s renewable energy resources in an aggressive but timely way. This common sense energy policy finds the right balance between moving ahead with clean energy development and protecting Michigan’s economic recovery.

Moving Clean Energy Forward in Michigan

Michigan’s local energy providers are already making significant investments in renewable energy projectsSmart Grid technologies, and conservation programs to help protect our environment, strengthen our energy security, and promote our economic recovery.

Michigan also encourages local businesses and universities to pursue clean energy innovations that will help propel us toward a cleaner, brighter energy future:

  • Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge: For five years, the Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge has encouraged student- and faculty-led teams from Michigan universities to move forward with great ideas for clean energy technologies. The Challenge provides funding—as well as access to resources, mentors, and investors—to help students take their ideas from drawing board to venture launch during a six-month program. Students may apply for micro-funding, and at the end of the competition, the winners receive prize money and potential investments to launch their new businesses.
  • MATch Energy Grant: NextEnergy, a nonprofit organization to drive advanced energy investment and job creation in Michigan, launched the Michigan Accelerating Technologies Energy Grant in 2012. Funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, it provides matching funds to eligible Michigan businesses and universities applying for advanced energy-related federal funding.