Michigan Coalition Urging Lawmakers To Boost State Renewable Portfolio Standard

Posted by NAW Staff on January 20, 2012 No Comments
Categories : Policy Watch

A coalition of Michigan businesses, agricultural groups, healthcare professionals and labor organizations is urging Michigan lawmakers to support a ballot proposal that raises the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 25% by 2025. Michigan's current RPS is 10% by 2015.

‘A higher renewable energy standard will diversify Michigan's manufacturing industry by deploying existing infrastructure and our skilled workforce to make Michigan a leader in the new energy economy,’ says Steve Busch of Energetx Composites, a Holland-based company that diversified its yacht-manufacturing business and today makes parts for the wind sector.

"Michigan farmers support renewable energy because it helps us protect the water, land and air that we need to grow crops today and into the future," adds Kent Humm, a seventh-generation farmer who is hosting four turbines on land he leased to Invenergy and DTE Energy, which are building Michigan's largest wind farm in Gratiot County.

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