‘Green’ Energy Advocates Targeting Michigan Again

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By Jack Spencer | April 24, 2012

LANSING — Petitions are being circulated for a proposal to saddle Michigan with an ever higher renewable energy mandate.

The Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs Initiative (MEMJI) also called “25 by 25’ wants to put the proposal on the Nov. 6 statewide ballot. Its goal is to collect 500,000 signatures. If enacted, the proposal would require that 25 percent of Michigan’s energy come from renewable sources such as wind, solar and biomass by 2025.

Under Michigan’s current energy law passed in 2008, 10 percent of Michigan’s energy is supposed to come from renewable sources by 2015.

In terms of costs and efficiency, the existing requirement is already problematic.

Rhetoric for the 25 by 25 proposal could have come from old “green job” speeches made by former Gov. Jennifer Granholm. According to one of the websites for the proposal, the measure would “create thousands of jobs for Michigan workers and attract $10 billion in new investments to our state.”

A key question regarding costly renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, is whether anyone would use them if government didn’t mandate it.

Earlier this month, a spokesman for the proposal was quoted by an online publication saying the petition drive was ahead of schedule. Other aspects of the initiative might be ahead of schedule as well — such as funding.

Campaign disclosures for ballot proposals aren’t usually available for the public to view until after signatures are turned in to the Secretary of State. However, an already existing ballot proposal committee called “Citizens For Wind Energy” could provide a sneak preview of major contributors who are behind the proposal.

CFWE was initially created to get a pair of Huron County wind energy ordinances passed in November 2010. The ordinances allowed the creation of overlapping wind energy districts in the townships of McKinley, Bloomfield, Rubicon and Sigel.

Some heavy hitters among “green energy” companies kicked in with contributions, and so did the local newspaper, the Huron Daily Tribune. Both of the proposals passed. Continue reading at Michigan Capitol Confidential.

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