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News Release: Snyder’s call for increased renewables, energy efficiency should spark action before 2015

May 31, 2013

Snyder’s call for increased renewables, energy efficiency should spark action before 2015

Other Midwest states move forward in recent weeks as Michigan falls behind

MACKINAC ISLAND – The Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs coalition applauded Governor Rick Snyder’s comments this week about the need to increase Michigan’s renewable energy and energy efficiency programs and is urging legislators to take the issue up before current law idles in 2015.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Snyder said the 10 percent by 2015 renewable energy standard should rise, “it’s a question to what degree.” On the energy efficiency front, Snyder told the AP, “Energy efficiency is a great thing for all of us.”

“I agree with the governor’s comments. We can’t afford to rest on our laurels,” said Carla Walker-Miller, president and CEO of Walker-Miller Energy Services in Detroit. “We must chart a long-term course for Michigan that includes greater use of renewable energy and energy efficiency.”

Walker-Miller spoke on a panel this week during the Detroit Regional Chamber’s conference on the island.

“In the past month, Iowa and Minnesota have made significant announcements regarding their use of clean energy and they were already ahead of Michigan to begin with,” Walker-Miller said. “We must change our law to compete for these jobs.” 

Iowa’s largest utility has announced a major economic development project that will spur the Hawkeye State to a 40 percent by 2015 renewable energy standard. A bill signed by Governor Mark Dayton will increase Minnesota’s solar energy use to 1.5 percent by 2020 and set a goal of 10 percent for solar by 2030. Minnesota already has a 25 percent by 2025 renewable energy standard.

Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs is a bipartisan coalition of Michigan businesses, health professionals, labor unions, academics and scientists, agricultural and rural voices, faith leaders, environmental and conservation groups and more.

More information about Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs can be found at www.mienergymijobs.com. Follow the coalition on Twitter @MIEnergyMIJobs or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MIEnergyMIJobs.

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