Conflicts Over Energy Policy:
How can utilities plan for an energy efficient future for all residents?
Discover how a legal intervention became an opportunity for knowledge sharing between advocates and a major Michigan energy provider. The resulting plan achieved greater access for low-income residents to a valuable resource: energy efficiency.
Energy efficiency programs are required by state policy in Michigan and many other states which have Energy Efficiency Resource Standards. These programs harness the power of energy efficiency to lower costs for consumers, while eliminating harmful air pollutants; they are particularly important for low-income residents, who struggle to maintain affordable and healthy housing. Because of this, policy advocates demand that these programs become more available to vulnerable residents and designed to more effectively meet their needs. This case goes behind the scenes with policy advocates and state regulators during a one-year legal intervention that reshaped the $469 million plan by Consumers Energy, the largest energy efficiency plan ever proposed in the state.