Michigan rejects renewable energy mandate


Michigan voters yesterday rejected Proposal 3, which would have created a new renewable portfolio standard requiring state electric utilities to generate 25 percent of their annual retail sales from renewable sources by 2025.

The measure failed with 64 percent percent of the vote opposed and 36 percent in favor, the Detroit Free Press reported. Proponents of the bill included The Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs coalition, which gathered more than $10 million from various environmental groups to support the initiative.

Clean Affordable Renewable Energy (CARE) was the primary group opposed to the bill. It received donations north of $20 million dollars, including donations of more than $10 million from both Consumers Energy and DTE Energy, according to data released by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

"The overwhelming rejection of Proposal 3 is an endorsement that the state's existing energy policy is working," said Howard Edelson, campaign manager for the CARE for Michigan Coalition, in a statement released last night. "They also recognized the state's hometown energy providers are continuing their commitment to renewable energy projects, and protecting the environment while keeping costs down."

Michigan currently has a renewable standard of 10 percent by 2015.

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