Well before the final negotiations of the COP21 climate talks in Paris, business was already making a big difference on the ground. For the first time, superstar entrepreneurs showed up with plans to fund major initiatives. Giant companies sent CEOs to showcase their results in reducing carbon in their own operations. And entire industries, such as financial services, agriculture and manufacturing, made new commitments to address climate change.
Groups representing various sectors of the economy, government and environmentalists debated the future of Michigan’s energy policy and what it could mean for business — and residents. The discussions — which were sponsored by E2 — focused on how energy policy can improve the environment and the economy, as groups with various perspectives sought common ground.
Officials from DTE, Domino’s Farms and Ann Arbor Township showcased Tuesday what they touted as the the state’s largest solar array — for now. End-to-end, the panels could cover the University of Michigan’s football field and then some. Even larger projects are planned to open this year and next in Michigan.