Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs
Background: Michigan's Renewable Ballot Initiative
Proposal 3 would have required that 25 percent of the state’s electricity comes from renewable sources such as wind, solar, and biomass by 2025.
Michigan's renewable energy ballot initiative offered a historic opportunity to revitalize the state’s economy, create thousands of new jobs, improve public health, and protect the environment.
More than 200 Michigan scientists, engineers, economists, and technical and health professionals signed an open letter in support of ramping up Michigan’s renewable electricity standard to 25 percent by 2025.
What are the Benefits of Increasing Renewable Energy in Michigan?
Thousands of New Michigan Jobs
New renewable energy development in Michigan will create thousands of new jobs in construction, operations, manufacturing, and finance. What’s more, the initiative provides incentives for energy companies to hire Michigan workers when they build new clean energy projects like wind farms or solar arrays
More than $10 Billion in New Investment in Michigan
Michigan currently imports the vast majority of its energy, sending billions of dollars — and the jobs they create — to other states for coal. The state's two largest utilties, Detroit Edison and Consumers Energy, both depend heavily on imported coal for electricity production and together spent more than $1 billion in 2010 to import coal from other states.
Increasing renewable energy in Michigan would keep billions of dollars in Michigan instead and create a thriving clean energy industry that would spur innovation, attract new investments, and boost the state’s economy for years to come.
Cleaner, Healthier Air
Most of Michigan’s electricity comes from coal, a dirty energy source that pollutes the air and environment with toxins. Increasing Michigan’s renewable energy supply would reduce the need for this polluting energy source, improving air quality and public health.
Affordable, Reliable Clean Energy
To protect consumers, the ballot initiative limits utility companies’ ability to raise rates on consumers to 1 percent in any year. Studies by independent economists predict that this proposal would cost the average Michigander, at most, $15 per year — $1.25 per month.
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The Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs Coalition
Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs is a bipartisan coalition of Michigan businesses, labor organizations, health care advocates and other groups, including the Union of Concerned Scientists. The coalition supports the ballot proposal to increase Michigan’s renewable energy standard to 25 percent by 2025 and offers additional information about the initiative, including the specific language of the ballot proposal and a state-by-state map of current renewable electricity standards.
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