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I Pledge to Vote Solar

Every Michigander should have the right to use solar to take control of their electricity bills, invest in a growing solar workforce, and build a brighter future for our children. If you agree, take the pledge today.

Solar Power for Michigan Families, Businesses and Communities.

We’re part of a powerful clean energy movement, and that movement continues to build. A whopping 90% of Michigan of voters say they want more solar energy. Together we are pushing lawmakers in Lansing to expand solar opportunity and energy freedom.

Unfortunately, DTE is once again proposing moves that will make it hard for customers to go solar. In fact, DTE’s latest proposal would hit new solar customers in the wallet to the tune of $500 per year.

That’s why we need policymakers in Lansing to act. The Michigan Public Service Commission will decide this spring whether to follow DTE’s lead, or whether to protect solar customers and build the solar economy in Michigan. We are working with experts, solar companies, faith leaders and community leaders across the state to persuade the agency to do the right thing.  We are also asking Michigan’s new Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, to stand up for solar and insist that utilities give solar customers a fair deal. Finally, we are asking lawmakers to write to the agency and urge them to keep solar strong.

DTE IS BLOCKING SOLAR IN MICHIGAN

DTE is not just blocking rooftop solar for its customers, but also blocking development of larger-scale solar and battery storage that should be used to replace the dirty, dangerous, expensive and unreliable fossil fuel power plants that currently power the grid.

 

This March, DTE will file a long-term resource plan. Their first draft shows that they intend to delay any major solar investment until after 2025, instead relying largely on natural gas to power the grid. DTE’s plan is in contrast to Consumers Energy, which has decided to replace coal plants with solar resources. We will work over the course of 2019 to convince regulators to ensure that DTE isn’t missing the opportunity to save customers money and make the grid more reliable and affordable with new solar and battery storage.

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Michigan Energy Freedom

 

Lawmakers in Lansing are now considering legislation to expand solar opportunity and energy freedom for Michiganders like you. Here’s what Michigan Energy Freedom will mean for you and your community:

Rooftop Solar
The Michigan Energy Freedom package would make sure rooftop solar customers once again get fair credit from their utility for the valuable clean energy they send to the grid — an important policy called ‘net metering’ that DTE and the other monopoly utilities rolled back this year in a huge blow for consumer rights.
Community Solar
The Michigan Energy Freedom Package would establish a new community solar option that would give renters and others who can’t put panels on their own rooftops a way to go solar and save, expanding the benefits of clean energy to hundreds of thousands more Michiganders — including low-to-moderate income families.
A new report from Vote Solar shows what a strong community solar program could do to connect Michiganders to affordable and reliable solar power by 2030:

Michigan homes & businesses connected

low- and moderate-income families included

What Clean Energy Means for

Jobs

More than 11,000 Michiganders now work in solar and renewable energy – a growing sector that employs hundreds of thousands of Americans all across the country.

What Clean Energy Means for

customer savings

It’s not just Michiganders who “go solar” who save money with a clean electric grid. With no fuel costs and the plummeting price of wind and solar technology, renewables are among the cheapest source of energy in the US. That means lower costs for everyone.

What Clean Energy Means for

the environment

Air pollution from burning coal and gas is linked with asthma, cancer and heart and lung disease. Why settle for poisoning our communities when there are cleaner, more affordable, and emission-free options like wind and solar available today? 

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Michigan Supports Move from Coal to Solar and Wind

 

Jan. 29, 2019 | Michigan residents support a transition from coal-fired energy to more solar and wind powered electricity, a new Michigan State University research report finds.

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High-Stakes Fight Over Rooftop Solar Spreads to Michigan

 

Oct. 17, 2018 | Clean energy advocates say it is the most worrying attempt to undermine net-metering policies since a 2015 move by Nevada nearly killed the solar market there.

INSIDE CLIMATE neWS
High-Stakes Fight Over Rooftop Solar Spreads to Michigan

 

Oct. 17, 2018 | Clean energy advocates say it is the most worrying attempt to undermine net-metering policies since a 2015 move by Nevada nearly killed the solar market there.

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Opinion | Michigan residents, businesses must fight for solar energy rights

 

Aug. 23, 2018 | Michigan residents already pay the highest electricity rates in the Midwest. Over the last 10 years, residential electric rates have increased 44 percent, even as the average income in Michigan has dropped. While utility rates have gone up this last decade, the cost of solar power has decreased by 85 percent over the same period of time, making solar a cost-effective option for homeowners, businesses and schools to reduce their energy bill.

While solar technology becomes more affordable, policies like net metering that make it possible for individuals and business to use it are increasingly under attack.

 Solar Power World
Michigan lawmakers consider first statewide community solar program

 

The Community Renewable Energy Gardens bill is among five separate bills in the bipartisan Energy Freedom Package, which taken together would significantly advance Michigan’s clean energy economy.

 Crain's Detroit Business
House energy committee holds hearing on solar energy bill package

 

Homeowners and businesses that invest in renewable energy would get more freedom from regulations that favor “monopoly utilities” under recently introduced bipartisan legislation.

 Detroit News
Lawmakers want to relax rules on renewable energy

 

Homeowners and businesses that invest in renewable energy would get more freedom from regulations that favor “monopoly utilities” under recently introduced bipartisan legislation.

 Utility Dive
Michigan lawmakers propose to boost consumer-generated renewables

 

A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers has introduced a package of five bills aimed at expanding access to renewable energy resources and raising the amount that owners of distributed generation are paid for their excess energy production.

 Detroit News
Green groups oppose DTE natural gas plant

 

They argue relying more on solar and wind power and energy efficiency is less expensive and wouldn’t pollute communities.

 Energy News Network
Critics question need for DTE’s proposed $1 billion natural gas plant

 

Clean energy advocates want regulators to wait for long-range plan before approving DTE natural gas plant proposal.

 Michigan Radio
As utilities phase out coal, debate over natural gas production heats up.

The company wants to build a $1-billion natural gas plant in East China Township in St. Clair County on a site where it currently operates a coal-burning power plant. Environmental groups oppose the plan.

Michigan Radio’s Tracy Samilton joins Doug Tribou to discuss the issues during this time of transition for the energy industry.

 Crains Detroit Business
DTE gets pushback on new power plant

Opponents argue that DTE underestimated the future price of natural gas and failed to price out renewable energy resources and other electricity demand reduction strategies.

 Detroit News
Column: Renewables beat natural gas

A recent analysis by BW Research Partnership concluded that an energy portfolio of solar, wind and efficiency could supply Michiganians with just as much electricity as DTE’s proposed natural gas plant, while creating 10 times more construction jobs and four times more permanent jobs along the way.

 Energy News Network
Michigan utility’s gas plant, pipeline plans pose conflict of interest, critics say

DTE Energy wants to build a natural gas plant near Detroit that could become a customer of a pipeline co-owned by one of its affiliated companies.

 Michigan Radio
What Will Replace Coal?

Even utilities are dumping coal. In Michigan, DTE Energy wants to shut down three coal-burning power plants and replace them with a billion dollar natural gas plant.

But environmentalists think there's a better way.

 Detroit News
Column: Diversify state’s energy plans
Rather than saddle ratepayers with the long-term and unpredictable cost of a new natural gas plant, DTE should consider alternative options, including renewable energy projects like large-scale solar and even transmission solutions.