State Canvassers Consider Ballot Proposal To Boost Renewable Energy Standards by 2030

Michigan’s utilities would have to generate at least 30 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030 under a voter-initiated act that could appear on the November ballot.

The Board of State Canvassers will consider the petition next week from Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan. The proposal would define renewable energy as solar, wind, biomass, hydropower and municipal solid waste or landfill gas and not petroleum coke, hazardous waste, scrap tires or coal waste. It would gradually raise the standard – 18 percent by 2022, 21 percent by 2024, 24 percent by 2026, 27 percent by 2028 and 30 percent by 2030. The 2016 energy law called for the percentage to be 15 percent by 2021 (PA 342 of 2016).

In 2012, environmental activists sought a constitutional amendment to set the renewable energy requirement at 25 percent by 2025, but it was defeated.

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