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Who should have authority in renewable energy siting?

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A package of bills introduced in Lansing this week by Democrats would shift approval of renewable energy projects from local authorities to the Michigan Public Service Commission.

Michigan Farm Bureau’s Matt Kapp tells Brownfield their members are strong advocates for renewable energy, but siting needs to remain local.

“Township boards are elected and by keeping zoning decisions local, if that community likes or doesn’t like their decision making, they can reelect township officials,” he says.  

Who should have authority in renewable energy siting?