Update: ReEnergize Michigan Coaltion Pushes Clean Energy Initiatives Forward

Representative Dan Scripps (D-Leland)

State Representatives Introduce Legislation to Increase Renewable Energy Production in Michigan.

Representative Dan Scripps (D-Leland) introduced a bill on Thursday, February 25 that would increase Michigan's Renewable Energy Standard (RES) to 30% by the year 2025. Michigan's current law states that the major electricity providers, DTE and Consumers Energy, must generate 10% of their total energy output from renewable sources by the end of 2015. The new bill, HB 5906, would increase that standard to 30% by 2025.

Michigan LCV and our allies in the ReEnergize Michigan campaign are thrilled that the legislature has decided to pursue this new goal.  Prior to setting a standard of 10% in 2008, which put Michigan in the middle of the pack (at best) nationwide, we had to watch renewable energy companies locate to other states with better standards. An RES of 30% by 2025 would make Michigan extremely competitive and would provide a critical boost to companies like Hemlock Semiconductor, United Solar Ovanic, and MasTech, all of which produce components for solar and wind renewable energy technology. These companies have a track record of creating jobs and retraining our talented manufacturing workforce, and this legislation would provide the much needed incentive for these operations to grow and expand.

Opponents argue that such a high standard is not possible, and are content to maintain the status quo with dirty, fossil fuel energy production that relies on out of state resources.  Everyday that we postpone the creation of a robust clean energy economy in Michigan, we send more money out of state and stifle job creation.

We have amazing natural resources in this state, and we have a duty to protect and utilize them responsibly. By striving to be a national leader in clean energy, we can protect our beautiful state from unnecessary pollution and create the jobs of the future.

For more information and to take action, please visit http://www.reenergizemi.com/

Michigan LCV and ReEnergize Michigan will be pushing for an increase in our state's energy efficiency standard in the very near future, so please stay tuned for the latest information and ways to get involved and take action.