Michigan set to enact major climate bills with efficiency and electrification boost

(ACEEE blog, 15 Nov 2023) Michigan’s ambitious new climate laws will advance energy efficiency and building electrification, with an extra focus on serving low-income households, alongside strong renewable energy and workforce provisions.

After a marathon session, the Michigan legislature passed a sweeping five-part legislative package last week that will make the state a national leader in saving energy and reducing climate pollution. This comprehensive set of legislation includes dramatic increases in renewable electricity generation, significant strengthening of utility energy efficiency requirements, and a first big step toward converting buildings from fossil fuels to electricity. Governor Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign the legislation in the coming days. ACEEE was centrally involved in shaping these policies, working as part of a coalition of over 40 individuals and organizations. 

The package includes:

  • SB 271: Requires 60% of Michigan’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2035 and 100% carbon-free power generation by 2040;
  • SB 273: Strengthens requirements on utility energy efficiency programs and allows utilities to promote building electrification;
  • SB 502: Expands the Michigan Public Service Commission’s authority to include climate, health, and equity issues when it evaluates utility resource plans;
  • SB 519: Creates an Economic Transition Office to support former fossil fuel workers and others impacted by the transformation of the utility system; and
  • HB 5020 and 5021: Eases siting approval to build wind and solar power facilities.

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ACEEE blog, 15 Nov 2023: Michigan set to enact major climate bills with efficiency and electrification boost