Bills to Increase Michigan’s Renewable Energy Standard a Huge Step Forward

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News from Clean Energy Now

April 23, 2015

Contact: Marissa Luna, 989-798-3051, marissa@engagemichigan.org

Bills to Increase Michigan’s Renewable Energy Standard a Huge Step Forward

Clean sources can and must replace dirty, expensive coal

LANSING – Today, leaders in Lansing introduced a package of bills that would increase Michigan’s renewable energy standard to 20 percent by 2022.

“Coming on the heels of Earth Day, this step forward in protecting and preserving our Great Lakes and environment for future generations is a welcome announcement,” said Nic Clark, state director of Clean Water Action. “We applaud our legislators for working to keep our communities healthy and strong.”

The bills contrast sharply with legislation introduced In March that would corrupt Michigan’s renewable energy standard by classifying burning hazardous waste like tires and trash as clean energy.

“Michiganders have overwhelmingly expressed time and again that they want our representatives to make sure that utilities invest in actual clean, renewable energy like wind and solar,” said Mike Berkowitz, legislative & political director for the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter. “Our elected leaders have a choice: to create a sustainable clean energy economy or to side with corporate polluters.”

Michigan’s current renewable energy standard requires that utilities generate 10 percent of their energy from renewable sources like wind and solar — a target that they are on track to meet by the end of this year. A recent study by the University of Michigan’s Energy Institute found that utilities are capable of reaching a 40 percent renewable energy standard by 2035.

“We’ve made great progress and we’re capable of much more,“ said Alexis Blizman, policy director for the Ecology Center. “Increasing Michigan’s renewable energy standard ensures that we will continue moving forward so that we can leave future generations a safe and healthy environment.”

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Clean Energy Now is a coalition of groups that supports policies that will move Michigan beyond coal power and toward greater use of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency as a way to protect the environment and build prosperity. Follow the campaign at CleanEnergyNowMI.org.

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