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A New Standard for Renewable Energy

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The Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office has endorsed a statewide proposal to strengthen Michigan’s renewable energy standard to 25 percent by 2025. The proposal, now officially designated as Proposal 3, will appear on the statewide ballot on November 6, 2012.

What is the Renewable Energy Standard?

Michigan’s current renewable energy standard, signed into law in 2008, requires that by 2015, 10% of the energy used in Michigan come from renewable sources such as wind, solar and biomass. This proposal increases Michigan’s renewable energy standard to 25% by 2025.

Why is the proposal important?

The 25 x ’25 Renewable Energy Standard will support Michigan’s economy and create jobs.

Coal is used to produce 60% of the electricity used in the state, and every ton of it is imported from other states totaling $1.7 billion a year. Diversifying energy sources within the state will reduce our dependence on coal imports from other states, encourage innovation and competition, spur energy sector job growth in Michigan and keep tax dollars in our state. It is estimated that this initiative could create more than 74,000 new jobs in Michigan. In the words of Lansing Councilmember Jody Washington, “Using more clean energy will provide jobs to Michigan workers that can’t be outsourced and having more people employed directly benefits the communities they live in.”

Who is supporting the initiative?

The initiative is supported by a broad-based, bipartisan coalition that includes over 250 Michigan businesses, faith, labor, environmental, conservation and health organizations, as well as elected officials across the State. To see a full list of supporters and endorsing organizations, click here.

Questions?

Contact Energy Programs Director Samuel G. Offen at 866.402.1061 x709 or sam@regionalenergyoffice.org.

For more information about Proposal 3, visit MiEnergyMiJobs.com.

Jennifer Young

Author: Jennifer Young

About JenniferAs the Energy Office’s program coordinator, Jennifer provides grant administration and project management assistance on energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to local governments throughout Southeast Michigan. Jennifer holds an M.S. in Resource Policy and Behavior from the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Biology from Eastern Michigan University. It is Jennifer’s privilege and honor to serve communities in fulfilling their commitment to creating vibrant, sustainable and attractive communities where residents live, work and play!

One Comment to A New Standard for Renewable Energy

  1. An energy efficient home with renewable energy benefits an entire community. It's not just about one person saving money on their utility bill monthly, but also cutting down on use of natural resources (fuels, etc) so as to preserve some of this for other uses within the community and for future generations. Any little effort we can make now to preserve our resources and use alternative energy is going to benefit us all, now and down the road.

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