26 May '11, 3am

Michigan to grid operator: We prefer to generate our own renewable energy

Michigan to grid operator: We prefer to generate our own renewable energy

Michigan would rather pay a little more for energy if it's better for the local economy. Photo: Alex Gorzen This post originally appeared on Energy Self-Reliant States , a resource of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance's New Rules Project . The large transmission authority serving the upper Midwest -- the Midwest Independent System Operator -- has plans for new high-voltage transmission lines leading from windy states like the Dakotas to places like Michigan. The purpose is to bring renewable energy from big western wind farms to places East. Some of these places -- like Michigan -- would rather do it themselves : Michigan's share of $16 billion worth of [high-voltage transmission] projects would be about $640 million annually. And most of these funds would be sent out of the state. ... This would happen even though Michigan already has its own state law requiring that ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/renewable-energy/2011-05-23-michigan...

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