MI enviro praises MSU coal elimination plan

Apr 9, 2015

Michigan State University says it will eliminate coal as a fuel source by the end of 2016
Credit Courtesy Michigan State University

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has announced the school will stop burning coal at the university sometime next year.  

In a webcast on “MSU’s Energy Future,” President Simon called sustainability a “guiding institutional principal” and said it’s “great opportunity” for the school to continue to reduce its environmental impact.

University officials also claim the move will make financial sense.  It says the projected costs of completely converting to natural gas will be millions of dollars less than the costs associated with burning coal.

So what makes it possible for Michigan State to plan this transition now?  And what else might it mean?

Current State’s Mark Bashore talks with Michigan Environmental Council policy director James Clift.