Legislation & Legal November 2021

Energy Efficiency Bill Introduced in Michigan’s House of Representatives

A bill to amend the “Property assessed clean energy act” was introduced during a session of Michigan’s House of Representatives in October. The bill, No. 5357, referred to the Committee on Energy, would amend the title of 2010’s Act No. 270 and introduce a new section which discusses how glass, glazing and solar power can impact energy efficiency.

The bill is listed as an act to authorize local government units to adopt property assessment programs and create districts to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy systems.

The added section defines terms used in the original act.

“‘Energy efficiency improvement’ means the acquisition, installation, replacement, or modification of equipment, devices, or materials intended to decrease energy consumption …” According to the bill, this can include, “storm windows and doors; multi-glazed windows and doors; heat-absorbing or heat-reflective glazed and coated window and door systems; and additional glazing, reductions in glass area, and 20 other window and door system modifications that reduce energy consumption,” among others.

Automated energy control systems, daylighting systems and “any other equipment, devices, or materials approved as a utility cost-savings measure by the governing body,” which may include energy-efficient or smart windows, intended to mitigate spending to reduce energy consumption, were also mentioned as additions.

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