Jennifer Granholm on Energy & Oil

Democratic Governor (MI)


On company boards for electric charging stations, buses

Some of Granholm's energy experience comes from her tenure on the board at ChargePoint (Granholm joined in August 2016), a maker of electric vehicle charging stations, and at Proterra (joined in March 2017), a maker of electric buses.
Source: T&D World on Secretary of Energy Confirmation Hearings , Dec 22, 2020

By investing in clean energy, America can lead on climate

The way forward for our economy is investing in clean energy technologies. By boosting our ability to manufacture and deploy those technologies at home, we're positioning America and our workers to lead the world in addressing the climate crisis.
Source: Twitter Posting on Energy Secretary Confirmation Hearings , Dec 22, 2020

Energy policy "all-in" with input from different groups

When pressed by Stephanopoulos on progressives who argue that Biden's plan does not go far enough, Granholm stressed that the administration was undertaking an "all-in" strategy which includes input from a number of different groups. "The Green New Deal was an important framework for what Joe Biden has put on tap. This is the most robust climate change plan ever," Granholm said. "It is going to be an effort that runs through government."
Source: ABC This Week on 2021 Biden administration , Dec 20, 2020

Combating climate change is an economic opportunity

Combating climate change is such an economic opportunity for this country. There's going to be trillions of dollars spent globally on combating climate change by countries around the world. We could be producing those products here in the United States and exporting them. We need to be the leader, rather than passive bystanders. Or, otherwise, we're going to allow other countries, like China and others who are fighting to be able to corner this market.
Source: ABC This Week on 2021 Energy Secretary Confirmation Hearings , Dec 20, 2020

Picked for DOE as advocate for clean energy development

If confirmed by the Senate, she will be the second woman to lead the department, which is in charge of the country's nuclear weapons arsenal but also oversees renewable energy technology and fossil fuel production. Biden's move to put Granholm, an advocate for clean energy development, at the helm of the Energy Department emphasizes the role it plays in making environmental policy, in addition to overseeing the country's nuclear arsenal.
Source: 19th News e-zine on 2021 Biden Cabinet , Dec 18, 2020

21st Century alternative/ renewable Energy Plan

Granholm issued an Executive Directive calling for the development of a 21st Century Energy Plan for Michigan. This plan calls for the development of an energy plan for the state of Michigan by the end of 2006. The plan will determine Michiganís capacity need; renewable energy sources; energy efficiency and load management; and alternative energy technologies.
Source: 2006 Gubernatorial campaign website, granholmforgov.com , Nov 7, 2006

Diversify into renewable and clean energy

Diversification of our economy meant building specific new sectors based on our existing competitive advantages. Our opportunity analysis and the advice of our experts helped us identify several promising prospects:

Clean energy: Michigan boasted both a strong tradition of manufacturing excellence and a favorable geography for the generation of renewable energy, thanks to our proximity to the enormous natural resources of the Great Lakes.

Advanced manufacturing in fields like robotics, nanotechnology, and materials science: Michigan's track record in science, engineering, design, and manufacturing gave us a measurable advantage in all these growing fields.

Source: A Governor's Story, by Jennifer Granholm, p. 56-57 , Oct 1, 2005

Irresistible tax credits for wind, solar, & biofuels

We passed a renewable portfolio standard (RPS), which required that the state acquire a modest 10% of its energy from renewable sources by 2015. The new standard ensured that solar, wind, and other providers would find a ready market for their offerings.

Under Pres. Obama, the federal Department of Energy also offered competitive grants for renewable energy manufacturing as part of the Recovery Act. I asked our legislature to create irresistible state tax credits for wind, solar, and biofuels, as well as for advanced energy storage systems (such as the lithium-ion battery used in an electric car). Expanding our private-public partnerships, we created 13 Centers of Energy Excellence to help commercialize universities' breakthrough technologies in clean energy.

A unique strength that only government can provide is the capacity to think systematically about the entire value chain and seek opportunities to strengthen each link in that chain through incentivizing "clusters" of related companies.

Source: A Governor's Story, by Jennifer Granholm, p.257 , Oct 1, 2005

Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025.

Granholm endorsed setting goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025

A resolution that it is the goal of the United States that, not later than January 1, 2025, the agricultural, forestry, and working land of the US should provide from renewable resources not less than 25% of the total energy consumed and continue to produce safe, abundant, and affordable food, feed, and fiber. [Governors also signed letters of endorsement at www.25x25.org]

Rep. SALAZAR: "Our resolution establishes a national goal of producing 25% of America's energy from renewable sources--like solar, wind and biofuels--by 2025. The "25x'25" vision is widely endorsed, bold, and fully attainable. If implemented, it would dramatically improve our energy security, our economy, and our ability to protect the environment.

"I am pleased that more than 20 of my colleagues in the Senate, from both sides of the aisle, are cosponsoring this resolution. In addition, the "25x'25" vision has been endorsed by 22 current and former governors and several State legislatures across the country. The Big Three automobile manufacturers--Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors--are all behind "25x'25" So are many agricultural organizations, environmental groups, scientists, and businesses, ranging from the Natural Resources Defense Council to John Deere.

"These Americans understand that we cannot continue to import 60% of our oil from foreign countries, many of which are hostile to the US, if we aim to be strong and secure in the world. They know that we will have to build a clean energy economy if we are to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. It is time for Congress to take a more active role in our clean energy future. Establishing a national goal--"25x'25" is the first step."

Source: 25x'25 Act (S.CON.RES.3 / H.CON.RES.25) 2007-SC03 on Jan 17, 2007

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