If you’ve been following along, you know that nine coal-fired Michigan power plants will close their operations this year—with 25 closing by 2020. The energy capacity shortfall Michigan must address is already taking shape, and we must take steps now to keep energy reliable for the short and long term.
Some in Lansing are using the Supreme Court’s recent decision to temporarily halt implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan as an excuse to delay passage of a Michigan-first energy policy. However, our capacity issue will only continue to get worse the longer legislators in Lansing fail to pass energy legislation.
We can—and should—continue to pursue strong new energy policy for our state to help address the capacity we will be losing as a state in the coming year. Below is a closer look at the power plants slated for closure in 2016 and what their loss means for Michigan’s energy future.
What’s at Stake
As you can see, it isn’t just one part of Michigan that will be affected by these plant closures—the entire state is at risk from the diminished capacity these closures will create.
The big question these closures pose is how to replace the generating capacity to continue to provide reliable, fairly priced electricity to Michiganders. Building a new baseload plant takes several years and plenty of red tape to comply with regulations.
Legislators in Lansing should not delay passing comprehensive energy legislation this year so local energy providers and the state as a whole can move forward with plans to address Michigan’s future energy needs.
We will be following energy hearings in both houses in the coming weeks and we will count on you, our AMP community, to keep up the pressure on legislators to pass fair, flexible energy policy that puts Michigan first.