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Clean Energy

To meet the challenge of climate change, the Great Lakes region must transition to clean energy sources immediately.  Renewable energy sources such as wind and solar can repower the Midwest and be the foundation for a new clean energy economy.  The region has the ability to make the transition to clean energy; now we must find the will to make the choice.Wind_on_water

The Great Lakes Environmental Law Center works with partner organizations to encourage clean energy development and hold dirty polluting energy sources to all legal requirements.  We have worked alongside the
Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Law and Policy Center to represent the Sierra Club in challenging the construction of new coal-fired power plants in Michigan.  At least four major new coal-fired power plants were proposed in Michigan, and collectively they would emit at least 15 million tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases per year, and more than 750 million tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases over their expected 50 year lives.  Emissions from the coal-fired power plants will contribute to climate change and undermine Michigan’s ability to achieve the future greenhouse gas emission reductions needed to avert catastrophic climate change.  These coal plants cannot be built unless they comply with all legal requirements, including restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions.  Further, the state should not allow new coal plants to be built until other alternatives – including wind, solar, and energy conservation – are fully utilized.

 

Additional resources on transitioning to clean energy and challenging the construction of new coal-fired power plants in Michigan: