June 3, 2019
Contact: Ed Rivet, 517-230-4661

MICEF Applauds Whitmer’s Farmland Solar Policy

LANSING, Mich. (June 3, 2019)Ed Rivet, executive director of the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum(MICEF) issued the following statement in reaction to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to allow commercial solar development on land enrolled in Public Act 116.

“The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum applauds Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to allow large-scale solar energy projects to be developed on farmlands currently enrolled in Michigan’s farmland preservation law (Public Act 116 - Farmland and Open Space Preservation program). The new policy strikes a good balance between keeping farmland available for future agricultural use while also allowing farmers to blend current agricultural activities with energy harvesting. Going forward, Public Act 116 will allow farmers to stabilize their business models with additional revenue from solar energy production, maintaining their important role in Michigan’s economy.” 


About MICEF: The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum (MICEF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that advocates for common-sense, market-based energy solutions that increase access to clean, affordable and reliable energy statewide. MICEF was established in 2013 as a platform for Michigan conservatives to promote the benefits of an “All of the Above” energy strategy that values clean energy and seeks to level the playing field among energy sources. MICEF is a founding member of a growing network of conservative state-level organizations that promote clean energy and energy waste reduction to stimulate economic growth, create jobs, protect and responsibly use our natural resources, while improving energy reliability and enhancing national and grid security. To learn more, visit

You can read more about the changes to Public Act 116 here.