Michigan, national stakeholders respond to Clean Power Plan

Aug 4, 2015

Environmental groups in Michigan are expressing pleasure with the EPA's new Clean Power Plan. Others, though, have their doubts. Current State talks with Andy Such of the Michigan Manufacturers Association and Frank Macchiarolo of America's Natural Gas Alliance.

The strongest federal carbon reduction standards to date are being met with mixed reactions in Michigan. Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency issued the final version of its Clean Power Plan. The plan requires calls for carbon emissions to be cut by 32-percent of their 2005 levels by the year 2030. The federal government is allowing each state to determine their own carbon reduction strategies.

In Michigan, environmental groups are applauding the plan. They say reduced carbon emissions will improve health and create clean energy jobs. But other groups are skeptical of the plan. They’re concerned the reduction targets could disrupt the reliability of the nation’s energy system.

Current State talks with Andy Such, director of regulatory and environmental policy for the Michigan Manufacturers Association, and Frank Macchiarola, the executive vice president for America’s Natural Gas Alliance.