The Governor’s State of the State laid out the agenda for moving agressively toward energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and moving away from fossil fuels. An Executive Directive issued at the time of the speech puts more detail out about the plans going forward. Go to: http://www.michigan.gov/gov/0,1607,7-168-36898-208125--,00.html to access the ED -- Here are some of the details after the “Whereas” clauses:
A. Before issuing a permit to install under Part 55 of the National Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, MCL 324.5501 to 324.5542, for the construction of a new coal-fired electricity generating plant, the Department of Environmental Quality shall determine whether there is a feasible and prudent alternative consistent with the reasonable requirements of the public health, safety, and welfare that would better protect the air, water, and other natural resources of this state from pollution than the proposed coal-fired electricity generating plant.
B. Before making the determination required by Paragraph A, the Department shall first determine whether a reasonable electricity generation need exists in this state that would be served by the proposed coal-fired electricity generating plant. If a reasonable electricity generation need exists in this state, the Department shall estimate the extent of the reasonable electricity generation need.
C. The Department shall next consider alternative methods of meeting the reasonable electricity generation need, including, but not limited to, each of the following:
1. Constructing new electricity generating resources that use technologies other than the burning of coal or that generate electricity from coal using technologies that reduce or sequester emissions.
2. Reducing electricity demand and peak demand through energy efficiency programs or load management techniques.
3. Generating or purchasing electricity from existing electricity generating resources.
D. If the Department determines that a feasible and prudent alternative to the construction of a new proposed coal-fired electricity generating plant exists consistent with the reasonable requirements of the public health, safety, and welfare that would better protect the air, water, and other natural resources of this state than the proposed coal-fired electricity generating plant, the Department shall not issue a permit to install.
E. The Michigan Public Service Commission shall provide technical assistance to the Department in making determinations required by this Directive.
F. All departments, committees, commissioners, or officers of the executive branch of this state shall give to the Department of Environmental Quality any necessary assistance required by the Department in the performance of the duties of this Directive, so far as is compatible with its, his, or her duties. Free access shall also be given to any books, records, or documents in its, his, or her custody, relating to matters within the scope of inquiry, study, or review of the Department under this Directive.
This Directive is effective immediately.
Anne M. Woiwode, State Director
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