When President Obama announced his Clean Power Plan this summer, and the EPA issued its rule to limit carbon emissions, it meant that many states will have to start getting energy from cleaner sources like natural gas but moreover from renewable energy like solar and wind. States can either make their own plans or wait until new federal regulations come into play when they’ll have to comply. Today (Sept.1) Michigan, home of motor city, announced that it will develop its own State Carbon Implementation Plan (SCIP).
The announcement was made by Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE), under Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s leadership. The SCIP, according to the department, will allow the state to retain control of its energy future.
“The best way to protect Michigan is to develop a state plan that reflects Michigan’s priorities of adaptability, affordability, reliability and protection of the environment,” Snyder said. “We need to seize the opportunity to make Michigan’s energy decisions in Lansing, not leave them in the hands of bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.”
“Compared to the EPA’s proposed rule, the final rule gives Michigan more time to reach our requirements,” said MAE Executive Director Valerie Brader. “While the EPA did not accept all of our suggestions to improve its proposed rule, they did recognize our concerns about competitiveness in energy production. Michigan has made significant progress in recent decades to clean up its power production, and the EPA’s final rule recognizes our progress compared to other states in the region.”
Michigan’s energy office said it has had some issues with federal compliance in the past. For instance, a power plant that a utility wanted to retire was ordered to stay open. The office said as a result the power plant violated the pollution law. The office also said that “More than half of Michigan’s renewable energy generation constructed to meet the state’s renewable portfolio standard will not be awarded credits under the rate- based emissions approach in the final rule, a problem Brader characterized as ‘the EPA rule rewarding delay over early action.’”
The state’s SCIP will address such issues. It plans to submit the initial plan by Sept. 6, 2016, the deadline to avoid imposition of a federal implementation plan.
The SCIP drew support from the renewable energy industry. “By pledging his commitment to the Clean Power Plan, Gov. Snyder is showing his support for both Michigan’s economy and environment,” said Solar energy Industries Association President Rhone Resch. “The solar industry looks forward to helping Michigan achieve its optimal long-term strategy.”Tweet