Governor Whitmer Signs Historic Bill to Address Climate Change in Michigan

DETROIT — By signing the Clean Energy Future bill into law, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has taken a significant step to advance Michigan’s historic efforts to address climate change in the state and build upon the governor’s MI Healthy Climate Plan. The new clean-energy law will lower utility costs by $145 per year on average, create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs, and protect Michigan’s air, water, and public health.

"For far too long, Michigan has lagged behind other states in taking needed action to address climate change, despite increasingly devastating impacts on wildlife and ecosystems across the state. The Clean Energy Future bill package is a critical step to both mitigate the damage that has been done and better prepare us for the future,” said Rebecca Meuninck, Great Lakes regional executive director for the National Wildlife Federation. “These bills put us on a good path, but when it comes to implementation, equity and community involvement must be at the center of decision-making and the communities that have been hit hardest by climate change must be prioritized."

The Clean Energy Future bill package, encompassing core objectives of a 100% clean energy standard, increased renewable energy integration, energy conservation, and regulatory accountability, is a testament to the commitment to a greener, more sustainable future for Michigan. These bills make way for reduced greenhouse gas emissions and a cleaner, more environmentally responsible energy sector. The National Wildlife Federation will work with the legislature and administration to center environmental justice, public health, and wildlife protection in future policy efforts to address climate change in the state.




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