Ed Rivet: Local Governments and Renewable Energy Siting, Part 1
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The clean energy transformation is so often associated with the political left. But there's a strong and growing movement among conservatives to embrace new, cleaner energy infrastructure as well. The conversation is different: talk U.S. energy security, national security, stable economy, revenue streams for farmers. Just don't mention climate change.

In this week’s edition of the Speaking of Resilience podcast, Ed Rivet, executive director of the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum (and Chevy Volt driver), joins host Kate Madigan, director of Michigan Climate Action Network, for a look at the many points on which liberals and conservatives can agree when it comes to moving clean energy forward in the Mitten! 

In our interview, we dive into an issue that’s especially important for the success of solar and wind energy projects in Michigan: the process of finding appropriate sites for those projects, and getting them approved by local townships. Kate Madigan talks with two guests over the next two weeks who are very familiar with the challenges of siting renewable energy projects. A lot of this work focuses on working with local governments and local communities to build support for new renewable projects.

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Speaking of Resilience is created by the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and the Michigan Climate Action Network. This episode was produced by Miriam Owsley and Jeff Smith, hosted by Kate Madigan.

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