Michigan appointments add clean energy expertise to utility board

Energy News Network: For the first time in eight years, the three-member Michigan Public Service Commission will have a majority of Democratic members, including two former clean energy advocates.

The political shift comes as the state’s largest utilities begin plans to decarbonize their portfolios. While environmental groups have celebrated Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s two appointments this year, the commission is constrained by state law in how aggressively it can push utilities to transition to renewables.

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