Proposal 3: Renewable Energy

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

If Proposal 3 is approved, utilities will be mandated to have at least 25% of their annual sales of electricity come from renewable sources by 2025.

"We're looking at biomass, we're looking at wind power, solar power, so forth," said Craig Ruff, senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants.

Those supporting it say it'll help reduce pollution and create jobs.

"The supporters of Proposal 3 argue that by forcing utilities to go more toward renewable energy sources, it's going to create an entire new industry," Ruff said.

However, those against it say it'll be expensive and in the end, consumers may have to pick up the tab. The proposal does limit the utility rate increase to no more than 1% a year, but opponents insist it could end up costing consumers a lot more.

Michigan already has an energy mandate in place --- requiring utilities to get 10% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2015.

We want to note that Public Sector Consultants was hired by the group opposed to Proposal 3 to do independent research. Public Sector Consultants tells us they maintain their independence and have a history of doing this type of research. They say they are non-partisan.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Lansing Area on Nov 1, 2012 at 05:34 AM
    Energy policy has no place in our Constitution. We already have a mandate for it. I have some news for those who think it will creat jobs. I worked for a company that made components for wind turbines. The windpower jobs Obama said he created in Iowa were in fact not created, they were transferred from Michigan. I know because one of them was my job. Secondly, China coners the markets on the rare earth magnets that are used in wind energy. Brazil, Canada and Europe will be producing 10 times the wind turbine products the US will be by 2015. Their biggest importer....you guessed it, the good old U.S.A. The wind fram that was proposed in Eton County was bid on by two Brazilian companies. And don't think the workers of Eaton county would have been putting them up either. It most likely would have been Brazilian techs doing the installation. Props. like this will creat jobs, but not here.
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