Michigan making process on renewable standards

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 @ 11:12 AM
posted by rene5432

Nearly every state has begun to take the environmental impact of fossil fuels into account to some extent and many have made substantial strides in recent years. The Detroit Free Press reports that Michigan's two largest utility companies are making steady progress and should be on course to meet renewable electricity targets set for 2015.

The Michigan state legislature passed a bill in 2008 setting out renewable portfolio standards for the state's utilities, a fixed proportion of all electricity sold in the state that must be produced by renewable sources.

Michigan set a target for itself of 10 percent green energy by the middle of this decade, an ambitious goal given that the U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that the state drew only 4 percent of its electricity from renewable sources in 2009, including several hydroelectric plants.

However, the Free Press reports that the state's two largest utilities, Consumers Energy and DTE Energy, have already reached 5 percent and 6 percent, respectively, with Consumers expecting to complete a major new wind farm next year to bring it to 8 percent.

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