Changes Ahead for Renewable Energy Permitting in Michigan

January 10, 2024 12:30PM - 1:45PM

Registration Deadline: January 9, 2024 - 11:59PM

Webinar via Zoom

Contact: Mary Reilly,

Changes Ahead for Renewable Energy Permitting in Michigan: The Knowns and Unknowns

Jan. 10, 2024
12:30-1:45 p.m. ET

Online via Zoom (webinar)

Public Act 233 of 2023, signed by Governor Whitmer on November 28, 2023, makes significant changes to the permitting process for large-scale renewable energy facilities. The new law grants permitting authority to the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), unless local governments adopt 'compatible renewable energy ordinances'.

Attorneys and renewable energy policy experts will cover the knowns and unknowns of the law. This includes what requirements developers must meet if permitted through the MPSC, what qualifies as a compatible renewable energy ordinance, and the pros and cons of starting the process now of modifying your zoning to be a compatible ordinance. This is an introductory one-hour webinar followed by 15 minutes for Q and A. Look to your municipal attorney, consulting planner, and trusted professional organizations for additional support. This webinar will be recorded and sent to registrants.   

Audience: This webinar is intended for local government elected and appointed officials; local government staff, consulting planners, and attorneys. 
Continuing Education:  Master Citizen Planners (MCP) will earn 1 hour of continuing education.
Cost: There is no cost to attend the webinar.

  • Madeleine Krol, University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute 
  • Catherine Kaufman, Attorney, Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber, and Kaufman, P.C
  • Sarah Mills, University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute
  • Emily Palacios, Attorney, Miller Johnson
  • Mary Reilly, AICP, Michigan State University Extension

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