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Michigan Governor's Message on Energy and the Environment

In his special message on energy and the environment, given November 28 at Hickory Corners, Michigan Governor Snyder stated he is looking at 2015 as the time "to implement new decisions about the state's energy framework to enhance Michigan's adaptably, reliability, affordability and environment." Citing energy efficiency as an "everyone wins" strategy, he wants to scale up the highly successful Michigan Saves program. As to new generation, if it is a choice between coal and natural gas, "gas is cleaner."

On increased energy reliability for the Upper Peninsula, he favorably cited the repowering of the Presque Isle Power Plant and proposed a new transmission line connection between the U.P. and the Lower Peninsula. The message appendix sets out a 2013 timetable for the Chair of the Michigan Public Service Commission and the head of the Michigan Energy Office to convene public participation opportunities, gather information, and then issue energy reports in December. Subjects to be addressed include energy efficiency, renewable energy, and customer choice. 

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About this Author

Matthew Eugster, Environmental lawyer, Varnum

MMatt's vast experience includes general environmental law, environmental compliance counseling, transactional due diligence, administrative law, civil and administrative enforcement defense, environmental insurance, Brownfield redevelopment and financing, agricultural law, and energy/alternative energy law. He routinely reviews environmental site assessments, directs remediation projects and has done extensive work with clients involved in the Michigan Baseline Environmental Assessment (BEA) program. Matt is also routinely involved in the negotiation of...

Bruce Goodman, Environmental lawyer, Varnum

Bruce practices energy law, environmental law, and construction law. His energy background includes negotiating electric power sales agreements (both for wholesale sellers of energy and for retail consumers of energy) state electric rate cases, developing municipal energy tariffs, and energy project structuring and permitting. For years, he published a blog focused on alternative energy developments in Michigan. Most recently he has been involved in various alternative energy projects, including wind energy, biofuels and solar projects.

His environmental experience includes air quality permitting work, compliance counseling on air emissions, state and federal enforcement defense issues, and environmental management program development.

In the area of construction law, he drafts and negotiates construction contracts for business and public owners with architects, engineers, and contractors, and has been involved in a number of LEED certification projects.

Bruce was the author of the Watt's New? Michigan Energy News monthly newsletter from 2008 - 2014 and was named a "Thought Leader in the Law" for his work with clients in the energy industry. He is the principal organizer for the Ford Energy Lecture series held in Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and has also been name to Michigan's Energy Innovator Hall of Fame by the Energy Innovation Business Council.

Timothy J. Lundgren, Varnum, Environmental Attorney, Public Service Lawyer

Tim is a partner in the Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources team. On energy issues, Tim represents clients before the Michigan Public Service Commission, including energy suppliers, marketers, manufacturers, agricultural processors, public entities and institutions, and trade associations representing competitive power supply and business interests. He also advises clients on developments in energy law and policy in Michigan, and assists them in the development of legislative proposals.

Tim works on natural resource development and environmental permitting...

David Preston, Environmental attorney, Varnum
Of Counsel

Dave is a member of the Environmental Practice Group and the Energy Law Practice Group. He works in the defense of federal and state environmental enforcement actions involving air quality, hazardous waste and solid waste issues. Dave assists clients with air permitting and related regulatory compliance matters at the state and federal levels. He is experienced with remedial investigation and clean-up activities required under RCRA and TSCA. Prior to attending law school, Dave worked as Environmental Manager for a Denver, Colorado based mining company, where his responsibilities included...

Matthew D. Zimmerman, environmental and energy attorney, Varnum

Matt is a member of the Environmental and Energy Practice Groups. A significant portion of Matt’s practice involves representation of municipalities and private developers in regard to water law matters, including: the permitting, operation and expansion of water supply/treatment/distribution systems and wastewater collection and treatment systems; sewer use ordinance drafting and enforcement including industrial pretreatment programs; stormwater management including ordinance drafting, permitting and enforcement and property owner representation in Drain Code projects;...