On Earth Day 2022, Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) announced the MI Healthy Climate Plan, outlining the pathways for the state to achieve economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2050. The CHP Alliance submitted comments to EGLE on the climate plan back in March, highlighting that CHP is a useful technology to reduce emissions and increase efficiency, especially in the buildings and industrial sectors, and EGLE listened. A key strategy within the Drive Clean Innovation in Industry section of the plan has specific mention of CHP: deploy CHP in new facilities and convert existing facilities to renewable energy or lower-carbon fuels such as biogas, renewable natural gas or biomethane, and clean hydrogen. The plan goes on to directly link to the CHP Alliance 2021 white paper, noting that the next wave of CHP applications will enable deeper decarbonization of the industrial sector through the use of renewable energy or lower-carbon fuels.
We thank EGLE for including this language in the Climate Healthy Plan and look forward to working with Michigan state officials to promote CHP deployment in the state.