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E-M:/ Michigan Energy - Next Steps



Now that the energy legislation has passed, other energy topics need to be addressed.

 

Update Michigan’s Building Codes for Energy Efficiency

Michigan is almost last in US residential and commercial building codes according to an ACEEE study. http://www.aceee.org/press/e075pr.htm   Action is needed on two bills in Michigan: HB 4812 (adoption of 2004 IECC) and SB 597 (adoption of 2006 IECC). Both bills await hearings in the House & Senate Energy Committees

 

Energy consumed in the building sector is responsible for approximately 43% of the U.S. carbon emissions. Recent studies have found that green buildings built to the latest IECC codes can be 25% - 50% more efficient than those built with traditional techniques.  Background http://www.bcap-energy.org/

 

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 Michigan’s economy, stagnant population and declining electric use suggests none of these new plants are needed for over 13 years.

 

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:

“A PERMANENT ENERGY FORECASTING GROUP TO BE LOCATED AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, WITHIN ITS INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC UTILITIES. IPU, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR ECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN’S RESEARCH SEMINAR IN QUANTITATIVE ECONOMICS SHALL PARTICIPATE IN THE FORECASTING GROUP. http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(spwvly45khl5tpffq0ivjnqx))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&objectName=2007-HB-5530

 

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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