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1st Friday Focus On the Environment: The Business Of Clean Energy

As Michigan Lawmakers ponder a new energy plan, 89.1 WEMU explores where businesses in the state stand on the issues. In this month's edition of '1st Friday Focus on the Environment,' Michigan League of Conservation VotersExecutive Director Lisa Wozniaktalks with Dan Scripps. Mr. Scripps Senior Advisor for the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council


MI E-I-B-C Senior Advisor Dan Scripps says the economic impact of clean energy manufacturing is $7.2 billion each year. This is from two reports we commissioned in 2012 that found a $2.3 billion economic impact from energy efficiency manufacturing and $4.9 billion from renewable energy manufacturing. Those reports arehere and here.  

The statistic that the RPS has contributed $2.9 billion in economic activity comes from the Michigan Public Service Commission, based on investments through the end of 2015. That report is here.

The statistic that energy efficiency programs saves $4 for every dollar invested also comes from an MPSC report(the actual figure for 2014 - the most recent year - is $4.38 for every dollar):

There were 87,000 jobs in Michigan's clean energy sector. That figure comes from a recent report released by Chicago-based Clean Energy Trust, using methodology from the US Department of Energy

Other informational resources: 


Contact David: dfair@emich.edu
Lisa Wozniak is Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.