Richardville: Plan to boost clean energy unveiled
LANSING - State legislators today announced a plan that will pave the way for the development and construction of clean energy production facilities. The package will help lure cutting-edge clean energy technologies to meet Michigan's future energy demands, create good-paying jobs, and make the state a leader in new energy.
The proposal's main bill is designed to simplify the regulatory process and provide technical support for new clean energy development.
"Michigan is committed to becoming a leader in clean energy initiatives," said Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe. "This plan will encourage energy developers to invest in Michigan, help bring jobs to our state and ensure the protection of our natural resources for future generations."
The bipartisan legislative plan includes:
Creation of renaissance energy zones
Tax credits to encourage development of clean and renewable energy plants; and
Incentives for utilities to purchase electricity from clean sources.
The planned Great Lakes Energy Research Park in Alma is an example of a clean energy project the initiative is designed to encourage. With an output of more than 700 megawatts, the proposed M&M Energy power plant in Alma could generate much of the state's future energy needs while cutting toxic greenhouse gas emissions.
The Michigan Public Service Commission has warned that Michigan needs new sources of energy in the next decade and beyond to meet growing demand.
"The Senate introduced legislation last week as part of the Green Michigan Initiative that will create a market for renewable energy," Richardville said. "Both of these legislative packages will help address Michigan's energy needs and provide additional environmental protection."
Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2008
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