Fall 2023 Michigan Local Energy Survey (MiLES) Homepage

Funding Partners

Funding to-date for the Michigan Local Energy Survey (MiLES) has been provided by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).



The Fall 2023 MiLES, sponsored by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), was a special wave of CLOSUP’s ongoing Michigan Public Policy Survey.

The second wave of the Michigan Local Energy Survey (MiLES) was conducted by CLOSUP in Fall 2023 on behalf of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). The survey was designed to better understand local officials' perceptions of the costs, benefits, and likelihood of engaging in future energy management activities, and to track any changes since the original MiLES survey in Fall 2019. This wave covered a variety of energy issues, including: the regulation and siting of energy infrastructure on public and private property in local jurisdictions, planning and/or zoning policies regarding energy, including division of authority between state and local governments, local electric vehicle (EV) policies, local renewable energy goals or requirements, opinions on the Michigan Uniform Energy Code and code enforcement,  trust in sources of information on energy, and local leaders’ views on climate change.


Survey Results:

Results of the survey will be available here on the CLOSUP website in the form of pre-run data tables (coming soon) and in reports: 

Michigan local governments’ planning and zoning on energy policy (July 2024)

Michigan local government officials’ views on expanding energy infrastructure in their jurisdictions (May 2024)

Michigan local government leaders report increases in local planning for electric vehicles (EVs) (May 2024)

Most Michigan local government officials say control over renewable energy projects should stay local (February 2024)


Looking for More?

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact CLOSUP at 734-647-4091 or by email to [email protected]. For resources on local energy issues in Michigan, visit the Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy website.