Infrastructure Week Highlights Need for Clean Energy Investments

May 10-14 is United for Infrastructure week, bringing together a diverse group of businesses, organizations, workers, elected officials, and everyday Americans to call on our elected officials to invest in American infrastructure in order to create jobs, spur economic growth, and secure a cleaner, more sustainable energy future.

In honor of United for Infrastructure Week, AMP is taking the opportunity to reflect on the national conversation around infrastructure, particularly with regard to updating and modernizing our nation’s aging energy infrastructure, and how this policy discussion impacts Michigan consumers and businesses alike.

President Biden’s Infrastructure Plan  

On March 31, President Joe Biden released his infrastructure investment proposal, known as the American Jobs Plan. Coming in at more than $2 trillion, the stated goal of the plan is to strengthen America’s infrastructure, advance clean energy and electric vehicles (EVs), and increase America’s global competitiveness. Over a 10-year period, the American Jobs Plan would provide:

Advancing a Cleaner Energy Future Through Infrastructure Investments

President Biden’s infrastructure plan would drive investments in clean energy in a way that could help local energy providers accelerate the transition to a more sustainable energy future. It sets an ambitious goal of transitioning “the power sector to 100% emissions-free electricity by 2035 and the economy to net zero emissions by 2050” by:

Many of the broader goals of the President’s infrastructure plan align with how local energy providers in Michigan and across the country envision building a cleaner, energy future. However, some differences exist and the plan is far from final. It will likely undergo many changes in the coming weeks as Congress hammers out a bipartisan compromise.

No matter which direction the conversation around infrastructure goes, it is critical that we continue to protect reliability, affordability, and fairness for all consumers and businesses, here in Michigan and throughout the country. To that end, AMP believes that America’s infrastructure plan should:

Meeting these three objectives will be critical as the conversation around clean energy and America’s infrastructure needs moves forward in Washington and in Lansing. It will also allow us to embrace new and emerging clean energy technologies so we can continue reducing emissions without increasing costs or undermining reliability for Michigan homes, businesses, and communities.

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