Bioenergy, Wind Power

Michigan Supports Green Power Co-op Project

The Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services (CIS) will provide $120,000 to start a green power cooperative project in the state over the next two years.

LANSING, Michigan – Funding will go to the Michigan Independent Power Producers Association (MIPPA), an association of independent electric power generators who have power purchase agreements with a utility in the state or which own generation facilities that can generate electricity for their own use or for sale in Michigan’s competitive generation market. “Green power is electricity that is produced from renewable energy sources such as solar and wind instead of coal or oil,” says CIS director Kathleen Wilbur. “Generating electricity from renewable resources can help reduce the amount of harmful pollutants released into the atmosphere and reduce our reliance on foreign oil. This $120,000 grant indicates the State of Michigan’s commitment to utilizing Green Power and alternative fuels.” MIPPA will create a Green Power Cooperative to increase the availability and accessibility of green electricity for customers in Michigan through consumer aggregation and market-based systems to stimulate the production and availability of green power for consumers. The co-op will aggregate green power producers and customers, create access to capital for green power generators, provide training for power marketers to sell green power, and establish an Internet site for information on green power in the state.