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Renewable energy currently accounts for just 3.6 percent of the energy used in Michigan. As a comparison, Iowa already gets 23 percent of its electricity from renewables.
(Source: Energy Information Administration)
Coal makes up 58 percent of Michigan’s energy mix, despite the fact the state has no coal reserves.
(Source:U.S. Energy Information Administration)
Michigan consumers spend more than $1.7 billion a year importing coal from other states.
(Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration)
Nearly 30 states have stronger renewable energy standard and energy efficiency standards than Michigan’s current RES of 10 percent without significant increases in utility costs for consumers.
(Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
Clean energy is a growing market and this proposal will help make sure that Michigan is a leader in these new technologies. It will create good jobs now and in the future, start new businesses, and stimulate economic development right here in Michigan. Recent studies estimate that an initiative like this will create tens of thousands of new Michigan jobs that can’t be outsourced. (
Source: U. N. Report June 2012 & National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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.
(Source: CERES article)