The Environment Report Podcast


Feb 25, 2018 Cypress Creek Renewables has been lining up farmland in Michigan for more than a year now. The object? Leases for enough land to install several hundred megawatts worth of new, emissions-free solar projects. Combined, that would equal the electricity output of a small coal-fired power plant. But a bill introduced in Congress by U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., could put a halt to those plans, as well as the plans of other renewable energy companies that want to set up shop in Michigan and states across the nation. Modernizing PURPA, or gutting it? Walberg's bill, the PURPA Modernization Act of 2017, makes significant changes to the 1978 Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, which was authored by former Michigan Congressman Richard Vander Veen. As it stands now, PURPA requires monopoly utilities such as DTE Energy and Consumers Energy (a Michigan Radio corporate sponsor) to enter into contracts with clean electricity providers such as independent wind and solar farms, along

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