Michigan State University commits to green energy (but not enough for some)

Apr 13, 2012

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees has approved a plan that will increase the East Lansing campus’ reliance on renewable energy sources.

The plan approved this morning will require MSU to get 40 percent of its electricity from wind, solar and other alternative energy sources by 2030. Renewables account for about two percent of MSU’s power right now.

MSU president Lou Anna K. Simon says this is an important step for the university. “This plan will set standards and govern future energy decisions, similar to how the Campus Master Plan guides the university’s growth,” Simon says in a written statement.”

The plan does not please some Spartan students who wanted the university to commit to 100 percent renewable energy sources. 

“We’re really disappointed that the Board chose to move this so-called plan forward even though it lacks innovation, real clean energy goals or a plan for retiring the dirty coal plant on campus,” says Talya Tavor, with MSU Beyond Coal.  

In a written statement, Tavor says “This could have been an opportunity for MSU to be a national clean energy leader, but instead the transition plan simply puts off any real investments or dedication to clean energy to an unknown future date with no accountability.”

The T.B. Simon Power Plant is one of the largest coal fired plants located on a college campus in the United States.