Byrnes Clean Energy signing

State Rep. Erin Byrnes (D-Dearborn), fourth from right, stands with fellow members of the Michigan Legislature and stakeholders during the signing of the clean energy bills on Nov. 28, 2023, in Detroit.

DEARBORN, Mich, Nov. 29, 2023 — Two bill packages — the Clean Energy and Jobs Act and the Clean Energy Future — were signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer yesterday. Together, this legislation will make Michigan a national leader in clean energy standards and drive investment into new renewable energy projects, creating good-paying jobs in the state.

The Clean Energy and Jobs Act will allow for more large-scale renewable energy projects in Michigan, so that new clean energy standards can be met. In order for Michigan to reach its renewable energy goals, this package was designed to streamline the approval process for building large-scale renewable energy projects. Growing energy right here at home and making Michigan energy independent will also create union jobs for hardworking Michiganders.

“By making Michigan a desirable place for clean energy projects, we are ensuring that thousands of jobs with good wages are brought to the state as well,” said state Rep. Erin Byrnes (D-Dearborn). “Not only that, but it will also enable us to reach our clean energy goals and reduce energy costs by leveraging billions in available federal funding.”

The Clean Energy Future package requires utilities to generate 60% of their electricity from renewable sources and 80% from carbon-free sources by 2035. By 2040, the clean energy standard rises to 100%. The bills increase energy efficiency standards and specifically direct programs to include low-income and other underserved communities.

“I’m proud to have been able to co-sponsor this legislation,” Byrnes continued. “This legislation puts Michiganders first by helping lower energy costs for families, creating around 160,000 jobs and protecting our environment. By signing these bills into law, Michigan will be a national leader in clean energy policy.”