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September 24, 2015
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Clean Water Action Delivers Over 10,000 Handwritten Letters to Governor and Legislators
Michigan residents call for increasing Michigan’s renewable energy, energy efficiency standards
LANSING – Today, environmental activists hand-delivered over 10,000 handwritten letters from Michigan residents calling for Governor Rick Snyder and House and Senate legislators to increase Michigan’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards. Leaders in Lansing are discussing whether or not to increase the state standards, which will plateau at the end of 2015.
“Time and again, Michiganders have expressed that they want our representatives to make sure that utilities invest in clean, renewable energy like wind and solar along with energy efficiency measures that reduce energy waste and don’t pollute our air and Great Lakes,” said Eric Keller, campaigns director for Clean Water Action. “Governor Snyder and our legislators must listen to the voices of the people they were elected to serve and increase Michigan’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards before they plateau at the end of the year.”
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 on time and under budget. In his energy message in March, Snyder said he’d like to have between 30 and 40 percent of Michigan’s energy needs be met by a combination of renewable energy and reducing energy waste through energy efficiency.
“Our elected officials have an opportunity to make Michigan to be a leader in clean, renewable energy development. It’s past time that we modernize our energy system and move utilities away from their reliance on dirty coal and fossil fuels,” Keller continued.
Since beginning at Clean Water Action, Keller has delivered over 150,000 letters from Michigan residents calling on elected officials to invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency in Michigan.
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.