Competing groups debate constitutional amendment to raise standard for renewable energy
But opponents -- including utilities, business people and union officials -- say it'll end up costing them and their customers that same $10 billion in higher business costs and rates.
This camp says legislation, not the state Constitution, is the proper route for changing the standard, the same method used for the current 10% standard.
July 1, 2012
by Zlati Meyer
in Detroit Free Press
The Michigan Legislature passed bills four years ago requiring utilities to produce at least 10% of their electrical power from renewable sources, such as the wind and the sun, by 2015.
Now, some people want to see that percentage upped.
Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs is behind a ballot proposal to amend the state Constitution to require utilities to produce 25% from renewables by 2025.
To get the 25-by-25 proposal in front of voters in November, the bipartisan group backed by environmentalists must collect about 326,000 signatures by July 9.
They're pushing the ballot proposal as not just environmentally necessary but also important for economic... [continue via Web link]