Now that the energy legislation has passed, other energy topics need to be addressed.
Energy consumed in the building
sector is responsible for approximately 43% of the
Update the 21st Century Energy Plan a.s.a.p.
The 21CEP assumed only a 7% RPS (2015), a moderate level of energy efficiency and robust growth in electric demand. The report said one new coal plant was needed by 2015. However, as many as 8 new coal and one nuclear plant used the 21CEP results to justify their proposals.
The new energy legislation (10% RPS,
higher energy efficiency and an IRP) and a structural decline in
The MPSC has not updated the 21CEP electric forecast in over 2 years old (politics?) One way to improve electric forecast accuracy, objectivity and timing could be to pass HR 5530 which calls for the creation of:
PERMANENT ENERGY FORECASTING GROUP TO BE LOCATED AT
Enact a Moratorium on New Coal Plants
Coal plants are the number one emitter of CO2. A moratorium on new Michigan coal plant permitting should be implemented while new Michigan energy legislation is sorted through, the 21CEP is updated (probably will show no need for new plants for over 13 years) and state and federal CO2 regulations are set (Bush and EPA’s Johnson will be gone in 4 months).
Take care, frank
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