Progress Michigan–a liberal advocacy group–issued a press release yesterday praising Governor Jennifer Granholm’s comments on the future of coal-fired power plants in Michigan.
According to the group, Granholm’s energy plan was the equivalent of a “crackdown on coal.” The plan requires that:
- All new and expanded coal-fired power plant developers go back to the drawing board and consider cleaner alternatives to coal plants.
- Michigan will more stringently apply Section 165 of the Clean Air Act that will make plants follow strict anti-pollution standards.
- Energy projects must consider cleaner alternatives before they can proceed with permitting.
- Michigan will reduce the use of fossil fuels in power plants by 45% within twelve years.
There have been proposals to build seven new coal plants in Michigan.