The 2016 Energy Law: What it Means in 2018

This week, we’re celebrating the biggest victory for Michigan energy in recent history: the 2016 Energy Law.

Remind Me

Nearly two years ago, Republicans and Democrats in both the House and Senate came together and overwhelmingly passed what is now known as the 2016 energy law—Public Acts 341 and 342.

Why is the 2016 energy law so important? We’re breaking down the basics below for your energy edification:

  1. A Clear Path Toward a Sustainable Energy Future: The 2016 energy law requires Michigan to focus on an all-of-the above energy mix, by continuing to invest in energy available 24 hours a day like natural gas, and by increasing Michigan’s renewable usage from 10 to 15 percent by 2021.
  2. Planning for the Future: The 2016 energy law moved Michigan to using integrated resource plans, or IRPs, that help local energy providers plan ahead when it comes to generating electricity. IRPs help Michigan keep energy costs, reliability, and environmental impact in balance.

A Michigan-First Approach to Policy

Thanks to the 2016 energy law, Michigan is in control of our energy future—not bureaucrats or out-of-state interests who think they know what’s best for the Wolverine State. Governor Rick Snyder said it best in his State of the State address in 2017. “It’s going to help protect our environment, it’s going to help us meet our energy needs, and it’s going to save Michiganders money.”

This legislation invests in the future of our state’s energy industry and helps support local jobs in a variety of fields, bolstering the Michigan economy.

Don’t Forget: The Michigan primary elections are coming up quickly, and the leaders we elect could be responsible for ensuring the law is enacted as it was intended to be. To learn more about candidates running for office and our state’s legislative system and how it impacts policy like the 2016 energy law, check out our Michigan Legislature 101 blog series.