Energy Efficiency Technologies in Michigan Poised for Growth

Cumulative renewable energy capacity in Michigan
July 15, 2015

Energy efficiency in Michigan recently grabbed headlines. In his March 13 speech, Governor Snyder stressed the elimination of “energy waste” as a cornerstone to moving toward a more renewable future. This speech stems from the fact that Michigan is on the verge of meeting the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) targets that were set in 2008.

The RPS has been credited with causing the huge growth in renewable capacity, so now that the 10% target is expected to be met by the end of the year, the debate is starting in earnest as to what will happen in the renewable generation market in 2016 and beyond.

The replacement of the RPS is a hot topic that a number of states are debating. Ohio famously froze their RPS targets to study the impact, arguably slowing economic growth in renewables in that state. New York is considering replacing the RPS with a funding tool for renewable energy. Texas lawmakers appear to be in the process of repealing the RPS, which has been met early, raising questions about the future growth of renewable projects in Texas. Meanwhile, Illinois and Maryland are standing behind the RPS as a tool for renewable growth.

Here in Michigan, the Governor showed that his vision for a path forward to reach 19% renewables by 2025 includes reducing or eliminating “energy waste” (a.k.a. increasing energy efficiency) to account for 21% of the potential future electricity generation mix; a somewhat convoluted concept essentially saying that 21% of future electricity generation will not actually exist.

View the full article “Energy Efficiency Technologies in Michigan Poised for Growth” by NextEnergy.

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