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Energizing Michigan

Reid Porter

Reid Porter
Posted July 17, 2015

Our series highlighting the economic and jobs impact of energy in each of the 50 states continues today with Michigan. We started our focus on the state level with Virginia on June 29 and continued this week with Wisconsin, Connecticut, Delaware and South Carolina. The energy impacts of the states individually combine to form energy’s national economic and jobs picture: 9.8 million jobs supported and $1.2 trillion in value added.

Information covered in this series can be found online here, arranged on an interactive map of the United States. State-specific information will be populated on this map as the series continues.

Michigan state energy informationClick on the thumbnail to bring up a two-page snapshot of energy’s benefits to Michigan.

The top-line numbers: 182,000 jobs supported statewide, according to PwC; $15.8 billion added to the state economy; $8.8 billion contributed to the state’s labor income. All are significant drivers for the state’s economy.

Page 2 of the document illustrates the impacts of how EPA’s proposed ozone regulations could cost Michigan $75.3 billion in Gross State Product losses from 2017 to 2014 and more than 83,000 in lost jobs.

Energy is critically important to Michigan, serving as a key engine for the state economy – expanding job opportunities and offering the hope of prosperity to individual Michiganders and their families. Consumers in Michigan also benefit year-round from affordable natural gas prices due to ample supply from shale gas formations, according to a report from the Michigan Public Service Commission.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) calls the U.S. shale energy revolution a “game-changing development” that has resulted in “a significant reduction in the price of natural gas in the United States…as well as a significant decline in U.S. dependence on imported petroleum.”  Thanks to advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling that are unlocking vast, previously inaccessible oil and natural gas reserves, Michiganders are enjoying the benefits of America’s shale energy revolution.

The future benefits of energy for Michigan – and the rest of the country – largely depend on national decisions on the country’s energy path. A new Wood Mackenzie study contrasts the benefits that a set of pro-development policies could have on energy supplies, jobs, the economy and American households with the likely negative effects on energy of regulatory constrained policies. The key comparisons are found on the first page of the linked document.

Energy is essential for all facets of our daily lives, from powering national, state and local economies to powering the family vehicle. Safe, responsible development of domestic oil and natural gas resources is linked to individual prosperity, energy security and basic liberties.


Reid Porter is a spokesman for the American Petroleum Institute. Before joining API, he worked as Account Supervisor at Edelman. Porter double majored in English Literature and the Spanish language at Middlebury College in Vermont. He enjoys traveling, cheering for the Green Bay Packers, soccer, rereading Hemingway novels and spending time with family.