Utilities have been trying to dismantle net metering and/or wreck the economics of customer-sited solar for years. In the first quarter of 2018, they saw some significant victories.
A proposed drastic change by the Michigan regulatory agency to end net metering later this year has hundreds registering opposition comments.
Consumers Energy says it wants to reduce its carbon emissions by 80% on the same time frame as it completely phases out coal and replacing it with renewable sources like wind and solar.
The total volume of PV in Michigan remains small for the size of the state, especially as a percentage of renewable energy, as reported by state regulator.
Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan has started collecting signatures to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot in November that would extend the state’s Renewable Energy Standard to 30% by 2030 after the current targets are met in 2021.
In this op-ed, Union of Concerned Scientist’s Sam Gomberg argues that Michigan consumers could be getting a much better deal with solar and wind, as compared to DTE’s plans for a new gas plant.
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