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1st Friday Focus On The Environment: Expanding Energy Laws And Efficiency In Michigan

Michigan would generate 50% of its electricity from clean, renewable sources by 2035 and greatly reduce energy waste under legislation under consideration in Lansing.  The package of bills aims to reduce energy costs, create jobs and build upon recently enacted energy laws.  In this month’s edition on “1st Friday Focus on the Environment,” WEMU’s David Fair discusses the issues with the Government Affairs Director for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Charlotte Jameson and with 52nd District State Representative Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township), who is a co-sponsor of the house bills. 

Renewable Energy Standard:SB 475, HB 4792 - SB 475/HB 4792 expands on the new energy law passed in December by increasing the renewable energy standard from 15% by 2021 to 50% by 2035.  

Energy Efficiency Standard: SB 476,HB 4791 - SB 476/HB 4791 increases the 1% energy efficiency standard to 2% starting in 2022.  That standard would continue indefinitely. 

Senate Bills introduced by Senators Warren and Hopgoodand House Bills by Representatives Lasinski and Hoadley.

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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at

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