Renewable Energy - An Energetic Clash Begins
Two organizations are prepping for a likely ballot proposal battle to alter the Michigan Constitution. The proposal will mandate Michigan energy providers supply 25% of their energy from “renewable” sources by 2025.
The ballot proposal, which is being sponsored by Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs, is being countered by The Clean Affordable Renewable Energy (CARE) for Michigan Coalition. The Detroit News reports:
“We are not opposed to renewable energy,” said Megan Brown, a spokeswoman for the CARE for Michigan Coalition. “We are opposed to cementing it into the state’s constitution. It limits flexibility for the future.”
Under current law, which was passed by the legislature, energy providers are required to be using 10% “renewable” energy sources by 2015. Currently Michigan energy providers are less than halfway to the 10% goal which was passed 4 years ago, but claim to be on pace to meet the 10% goal by 2015.
It is still unclear if 25% by 2025 is a feasible goal, how many current non “renewable” jobs will be destroyed, and how many “renewable” jobs will replace them.
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