Mich. bill would ease large-scale renewable energy projects

It would give the state final say, rather than localities.
The state Capitol building in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Michigan Democrats this week introduced a package of four bills that would allow the state to push through large-scale renewable energy projects by taking the decision out of the hands of localities, part of a broad legislative fall agenda outlined by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D).

The legislation would establish a process to allow landowners and utilities to go through the Michigan Public Service Commission rather than the local government to determine where certain wind, solar and energy storage projects can be located.

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