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Survey: Half Of Local Gov'ts Negative On Remote Hearings

Jun 3, 2022 Gongwer (subscription required)
A statewide survey of local governments found that nearly half of local officials found the conducting of meetings remotely decreased the overall quality of government meetings. The findings were part of a spring 2021 survey from the Michigan Public...
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Michigan governments sit on $11B from stimulus, as needs grow every day

Oct 25, 2021 Bridge Michigan
Battle Creek — Helping residents pay off nearly $2 million in delinquent utility bills.  Expanding high-speed internet access. Making major repairs at a wastewater treatment plant. There’s no shortage of ideas on how to spend a $30.5 million...
Working Papers

Inventory of State Wind Property Tax Treatments

June 23, 2021
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Emma Uebelhor, Olivia Hintz, & Eli Gold
This study inventories the current property tax treatments for utility-scale wind developments across all 50 states. This inventory was created entirely with publicly available information from a variety of web-based sources and is accurate as of...
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Inventory of State Solar Property Tax Treatments

June 10, 2021
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Olivia Hintz, Emma Uebelhor, & Eli Gold
As solar development increases, states face new challenges in regulating and taxing solar facilities. To better understand an important piece of the current regulatory landscape for solar, this study inventories property tax treatment for...
Working Papers

Utility Scale Renewable Energy Policy Landscape in New Mexico

December 31, 2020
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Amanda Farthing*, Matilda Kreider*, Bhavesh Rathod*, University of Michigan
In wind and solar resource potential, New Mexico is among the most endowed of the 50 states. While the state’s electricity sector has historically been dominated by coal, the passage of New Mexico’s first Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) in 2000,...
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Electric Transmission Policy in the United States

December 31, 2020
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Eli Goldfarb*, Iqra Nasir*, Amanda Spinner*
This research paper outlines the prevailing narratives, discussion, and news coverage at the state and local level around investment in transmission, provides a review of the regional and federal policy and history of transmission systems, and...
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Energy Issues and Policies in Michigan Local Governments

October 7, 2020
This report presents the opinions of Michigan’s local government leaders regarding a variety of energy issues and policies in their jurisdictions, including the relevance of particular energy policies for their communities, whether the jurisdiction...
Student Working Papers

Electric Scooters and Micro-Mobility in Michigan

March 1, 2019
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Perry Holmes
This paper examines the emerging international trend of dockless electric scooters and evaluates how Michigan’s state and local policymakers can best respond. While there are important public safety and other concerns that must be addressed with...
Student Working Papers

Autonomous Vehicle Development in Michigan

March 1, 2019
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Paige Brogan
Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are the transportation of the future, promising mobility like the world has never seen. The development of this technology is still underway, and a finished product is years-to-decades away. Michigan should fight to be the...