Gov. Whitmer Signs Historic Clean Energy Bill

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Governor Whitmer Signs Groundbreaking Clean Energy Bill into Law

MICHIGAN – On Tuesday, November 28, 2023, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed into law a groundbreaking clean energy bill that will make Michigan the second swing state to go 100% clean energy by 2040. The bill, which was passed by the Michigan Legislature with bipartisan support, will require Michigan's electric utilities to transition to renewable or clean energy programs while pursuing energy savings initiatives.

Governor Whitmer commented on the bill signing in a statement.

“Michigan’s clean energy future is bright,” said Governor Whitmer. “Today’s bills will lower household utility costs by an average of $145 a year, create 160,000 good-paying jobs, and bring nearly $8 billion of federal tax dollars home to Michigan for clean energy projects.”

“I am proud that these bills make Michigan the best state in the Midwest for climate action and the strongest state in the nation when it comes to labor standards for clean energy production. Together, we are fighting for our air, land, and water, improving public health and protecting our precious natural resources for future generations. We are building the future in Michigan.” 

The bill is a major victory for environmentalists and climate activists, who have been fighting for years to reduce Michigan's reliance on fossil fuels. It is also a major economic opportunity for Michigan, as the clean energy sector is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world.

What the Bill Does

The bill will require Michigan's electric utilities to get 100% of their energy from clean sources by 2040. This includes renewable sources of energy like solar, wind, and hydropower, as well as energy efficiency measures.

The bill will also invest billions of dollars in clean energy projects across Michigan. This will create jobs and boost the economy, while also reducing pollution and improving air quality.

Benefits of the Bill

The clean energy bill will have a number of benefits for Michigan, including:

  • Reducing pollution and improving air quality
  • Creating jobs and boosting the economy
  • Reducing Michigan's reliance on fossil fuels
  • Making Michigan a leader in the clean energy sector

What Experts Are Saying

Experts are praising the bill, saying that it is a major step forward for Michigan in the fight against climate change.

  • "This is a historic day for Michigan," said Sierra Club Michigan Chapter Director Lisa Posthumus. "This bill will make Michigan a leader in the fight against climate change and will create thousands of good-paying jobs."
  • "This bill is a win for our environment, our economy, and our future," said Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Bob Allison. "It will help us to reduce pollution, create jobs, and build a more sustainable future for Michigan."

The Future of Clean Energy in Michigan

The clean energy bill is a major step forward for Michigan, but it is just the beginning. Michigan still has a long way to go to reach its 100% clean energy goal by 2040. However, with this bill in place, Michigan is well on its way to becoming a leader in the clean energy sector.

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