Clean Economy Rising
Since the 1970s, Michigan has supported renewable energy and efficiency programs, an approach reinvigorated by the state’s 2008 clean energy law. Today, these sources include biomass power plants, hydropower, solar energy systems, and wind turbines. Michigan’s skilled workforce, manufacturing and engineering expertise, and export markets in the port cities along the Great Lakes have contributed to the state’s success in developing a clean energy industry. This brief examines the reasons for Michigan’s success and its resulting economic growth.