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Energy Efficiency’s Role in the MI Healthy Climate Plan

Flushing, MI shoreline

Released by the Whitmer administration on April 21, the MI Healthy Climate Plan puts forth strategies for Michigan to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 while providing benchmarks along the way. The plan sets the following objectives:  Mitigate the worst impacts of climate change  Spur and capture economic development and create good-paying jobs  Protect and improve the health of Michiganders  Position Michigan as a leader in climate action  Protect Michigan’s natural resources and wildlife  Make Michigan energy independent  Address environmental injustices  The plan is proudly “uniquely Michigan,” the state’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Director Liesl Eichler…

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The City of Minneapolis’ Progress Towards Energy Efficiency and Green Building

Minneapolis, MN

MEEA is continuing its blog series to highlight Midwest communities using energy efficiency to progress their climate goals. The next city in the series is Minneapolis, Minnesota. Between 2012 and 2013, the Minneapolis Sustainability Office led a coalition of public, private, non-profit and community partners to draft the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan (CAP). The final plan, adopted by City Council in June 2013, guides Minneapolis toward its greenhouse gas reduction targets of reducing community-wide emissions 15% by 2015, 30% by 2025 and 80% by 2050, using 2006 as a baseline. To achieve these goals, the CAP is broken down into three key sectors, including one for Buildings and Energy. Through its CAP, the city recognized early on…

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An Outlook for Energy Efficiency in Wisconsin’s Clean Energy Plan

WI wind farm

On April 19, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced the release of the State of Wisconsin Clean Energy Plan (CEP). The first of its kind in the state, the CEP was prepared by the Wisconsin Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy as directed by Executive Order #38. The CEP emphasizes previously defined state goals through the creation of a pathway to multi-sector deep decarbonization and a transition to a strong clean energy economy that prioritizes environmental justice, a diverse workforce and technological innovation.  The CEP complements, but remains distinct from, the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change Report. While taking into consideration the work accomplished by the Task Force, the CEP is focused primarily on the…

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