Michigan Energy regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Michigan Energy: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Renewable energy portfolio: Public Act 295 and Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) 460.1001 to 460.1053

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Hydraulic fracturing: MCL 324.61501 to 324.61527 and Michigan Administrative Code (MAC) r. 324.101 to 324.1406

Regulatory Agencies

Michigan Public Service Commission

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. To date the federal government's involvement in renewable energy programs has been limited to voluntary programs and providing financial incentives for renewable energy generation.

Michigan state legislation has established a renewable energy portfolio standard. Michigan has developed state regulations to address hydraulic fracturing operations.

Administration and enforcement. The Michigan Public Service Commission will administer and enforce the state's renewable energy portfolio. DEQ's Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals administers and enforces the state's hydraulic fracturing requirements.

State Requirements


Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard

Public Act 295 and MCL 460.1001 to 460.1053

In October 2008, Public Act 295 established renewable energy portfolio standards in Michigan. Under the Act, utilities are required to generate 10 percent of their retail energy sales from renewable energy resources by 2015. Renewable energy resources defined in the Act include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Biomass
  • Solar
  • Wind
  • Hydroelectric
  • Geothermal
  • Municipal solid waste
  • Landfill gas


MCL 324.61501 to 324.61527 and MAC r. 324.101 to 324.1406

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