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25 by 2025

July 27, 2012, 11:43 am

The Michigan Environmental Council held a regional meeting at the Opera House in downtown TC on Tuesday, July 24, to discuss the Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs initiative dubbed 25 by 2025. Oryana attended this meeting to learn more about the initiative.

We learned that Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs is a bipartisan coalition of Michigan businesses, labor organizations, health care advocates and other groups, and that the coalition supports the ballot proposal to increase Michigan’s renewable energy standard to 25%  by 2025.

The proposal, which will be on the November ballot, will require that 25% of Michigan’s energy come from renewable sources such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass by 2025.  This will be good for Michigan for many reasons:

  • Michigan currently imports its energy from other states and countries, sending billions of dollars — and the jobs they create — out of Michigan. This proposal will help to build a clean energy industry in Michigan, so that Michiganders can buy Michigan energy, and can stop exporting money and our jobs.
  • The initiative will help expand Michigan’s clean energy production without significantly increasing energy prices. Studies by independent economists predict that it would cost the average Michigan household an average of $1.25 a month, and in the long run could reduce our energy bills. More than 30 states, including Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa, already have adopted renewable energy standards similar to Michigan’s proposal and are higher than Michigan’s current RES of 10%.
  • Using more wind and solar energy will reduce pollution and give Michigan cleaner and healthier air and water, protect the Great Lakes, reduce asthma and lung disease, and ultimately save lives. Groups like the Michigan Nurses Association endorse this proposal.

As far the cost of this initiative, it will limit rate increases to 1% a year. Another financial consideration is that it will provide incentives to use Michigan equipment and businesses, and hire Michigan workers.

For more information go to Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs

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