ELPC is working on several fronts to advance clean energy in Michigan. First, ELPC’s attorneys and advocates are working with the solar industry and the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to improve and expand utilities’ consumer-owned solar programs. Second, ELPC is challenging utilities to design more effective energy efficiency programs that produce long-term savings for consumers. Third, ELPC has conducted an analysis of the wind and solar supply chain in Michigan, finding that 121 Michigan companies provide more than 10,000 jobs in Michigan. Learn more in ELPC’s Clean Energy Supply Chain Report for Michigan.
The Saugatuck Coastal Dunes Area is a pristine assembly of beaches, freshwater dunes, water, woods and wetlands covering approximately 2,500 acres along the Lake Michigan coastline. A development proposal could destabilize the dunes, creating substantial risk for endangered wildlife and threatened habitat. ELPC serves as the legal counsel for the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance and the seven conservation, civic and historic preservation organizations that are fighting to protect the dunes from this destructive development plan that violates local zoning rules. Learn more about ELPC’s efforts to protect the Saugatuck Dunes.
ELPC created a volunteer Science Advisory Council to obtain scientific guidance on our work and to expand our networks to include advocates in the scientific community. In Michigan, ELPC has helped scientists engage with Michigan’s Congressional delegation. For example, in April 2012, more than 100 university scientists signed a letter calling on Congress to support the U.S. EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS). In March 2011, more than 160 Michigan scientists asked Congress to oppose further attacks on U.S. EPA’s scientific authority. And in May 2009, more than 200 Michigan scientists urged Congress to take strong federal policy action on climate change. Learn more about ELPC’s science outreach efforts.
Since 2007, ELPC attorneys have been working with our partners at the Sierra Club, Michigan Environmental Council and Michigan Land Use Institute to challenge Wolverine Power Cooperative’s plans to build a 600-megawatt coal plant in Rogers City. ELPC’s work involves challenges to Wolverine’s air pollution permits before state and federal courts, as well as advocacy with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Governor’s Office. Learn more about ELPC’s efforts to stop unnecessary new coal plants.
ELPC has spent more than a decade advocating for a Midwest High-Speed Rail Network that would bring comfortable, convenient, fast passenger rail to Midwestern cities, including Kalamazoo and Detroit. Our work helped lead to a landmark 2009 federal investment in higher-speed passenger rail, including $2.5 billion to build out the Midwest network. Since then, Michigan has committed additional state funds. These investments have already led to improvements along the Chicago-Detroit corridor, including a new station in Battle Creek and restoration of track long 135 miles between Kalamazoo and Dearborn. Learn more about ELPC’s efforts to advance high-speed rail.
As home to the domestic auto industry and the nation’s largest investments in advanced battery manufacturing, Michigan has a key stake in the success of electric vehicles. The growth of electric vehicles will play a key role in reducing global warming pollution and our dependence on fossil fuels. ELPC is working with partners in Michigan to advocate for policies that will support the success of electric vehicles, including a low-carbon fuel standard, incentives for electric vehicle charging equipment and off-peak charging rates for electric vehicles. Learn more about electric vehicles in the Midwest on ELPC’s dedicated website, www.PlugInChicagoMetro.org.