Lawmakers and Kalamazoo residents sat down at a town hall meeting Wednesday to focus on bettering Michigan’s clean energy policies. Michigan’s current renewable energy standards are set to expire at the end of the year, so lawmakers are looking at options for the future. State Rep. Jon Hoadley says strengthening the standards means more jobs and more savings. “There’s a boom in clean energy innovation right now, so we are continuing to see better solar panels, wind production, and hydro production, and we should support that,” he said.
“As Michigan agriculture grows and expands, we’re depending on reliable, affordable energy to get our job done – and in rural areas of the state, energy often poses challenges for dairy producers,” said Sheila Burkhardt with the Michigan Milk Producers Association in a recent radio interview. “Energy efficiency in particular helps Michigan’s dairy producers save money, boost their sustainability footprint and increase reliability.”
Nevada takes the prize home on most jobs introduced fueled by Tesla’s September 2014 announcement of a new “Gigafactory”, a $5 billion, 50-plus acre lithium ion battery manufacturing facility that will support its electric car production. The Gigafactory aims to employee 6,000 workers. Also, Solar City “quadrupled” its projected hires in the state, the report said. Other states in the top 10 were: Calif., N.Y., Mich., Ariz., Texas, Colo., N.C., Utah and N.M.