12 BILLION DOLLARS! The biggest attack these days on Michigan’s 25% by 2025 Renewable Energy Standard, a.k.a. Proposal 3, is the supposed cost which will supposedly fall on the customers. I too, a user of electricity and payer of utility bills, am concerned about costs, but how much will Prop 3 really cost to implement, and how much of that cost will fall on consumers?
Now, accounting for electricity supply and demand, cost fluctuations of fuel supplies and inflation is enough to make anyone’s head spin, so let’s keep things simple and focused on the biggest drivers of cost. For coal, where we get two-thirds of our electricity from, and other fossil fuels, the fuels cost money.
Fact #1: Out of every dollar Michigan spends on energy, 72 cents goes out of state to import coal, petroleum, natural gas and nuclear fuel.
Continue reading Proposal 3: Getting the Facts Straight
As the proud aunt of five adorable nephews and nieces, I savor seeing my siblings and siblings-in-law exercising their full-fledged parent statuses. I mean… these once reckless teenagers have metamorphosed into the upmost of loving parents.
Recently, I was struck by a photo of my nephew Flynn riding - with a look of complete freedom on his face – down a hill on his tricycle. My sister’s commentary, “I wish that he would be going slower, but at least he loves wearing his helmet!” How completely and utterly human for my sister, now a mother, to be so accurate at risk assessment! My sister hopes to optimize Flynn’s fun, but definitely with minimal risk of “bonked heads” – Flynn’s words, not mine. Now I swear this could not be more applicable to the current clean energy dialogue occurring globally, nationally, and definitely in our state… just hang on with me!
Continue reading Putting the Pieces Together: Michigan’s 25 by 2025, Wind Production Tax Credit, and my Biking Nephew
The utility companies and their climate-polluting friends have launched a massive media campaign against Prop 3, the proposal to increase Michigan’s renewable energy standard (RES) to 25 percent by 2025, the most important environmental and climate issue ever to appear on the ballot in Michigan.
In addition to its benefits to the enviroment, the 25 x 25 proposal will create Michigan jobs, rebuild Michigan manufacturing, protect public health and get our state’s economy moving forward again.
Continue reading Get Involved: Support Michigan’s most important environmental ballot proposal
The main red-herring raised by opponents of Proposal 3, Michigan’s Clean Renewable Electric Energy Standard (a.k.a. RES or 25 by ’25), is that it doesn’t belong ‘locked’ in the the state constitution. According to Prop 3 opponents, “Our constitution was designed to establish basic rights, not set detailed energy policy.” The anti-Prop 3 crowd also points to the existing 2008 energy legislation as a signature example of how the legislature sagely works to represent the interest of Michigan’s citizens.
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Continue reading Proposal 3 fits in Michigan’s State Constitution
Last week I was lucky enough to attend an inspiring three-day training from the folks at Climate Reality Project. Yes, Al Gore actually described recent weather as “a nature hike through the book of Revelations,” but I still stand by “inspiring.”
In particular, the folks I met from Michigan — there were at least 20 of us — were just wonderful. Given what a frustratingly uphill battle this problem is, I plan to take some time to really enjoy and appreciate my new friends. But we’re also going to work. Hard.
Another element of the training I’m excited about is its focus on solutions. Unfortunately, folks in many different sectors are flying right past important work that must be accomplished on climate mitigation to delve into adaptation strategies. That the Climate Reality Project refuses to just adjust to the consequences of big polluters gives me hope.
Another thing that gives me hope is Michigan’s 25% by 2025 ballot initiative. The biggest bang we can get from our buck is by going after dirty energy companies and displacing them with decreased demand (a.k.a. efficiency!) and renewable energy. This is the most incredible energy issue we’ve ever had the opportunity to vote on. David Roberts agrees with me. It’s critical to determining whether we’re going to be leaders in a critical sector. Just to be clear: We truly cannot lose this.
Will you join me in helping to make sure we win?
Good news! The proposal to increase Michigan’s renewable energy standard (RES) to 25 percent by 2025 received a unanimous green light earlier this week to be placed on the Nov. 6 ballot. The news comes right on the heels of a study that says the 25-percent-by-2025 renewable energy standard will create around 94,000 jobs in construction, operations and maintenance, and manufacturing.
Now Michigan voters are one step closer to adopting this proposal that will create Michigan jobs, rebuild Michigan manufacturing, protect public health and get Michigan’s economy moving forward again.
If this RES proposal passes, Michigan will join 30 other states that have already adopted similar measures, allowing us to get back into the competition to put our people back to work.
The ballot proposal is clearly the most important energy issue to ever get on the ballot in Michigan, and we’re mobilizing as many supporters as we can to get behind the campaign.
Won’t you join us? We will need to counter the massive publicity campaign the utilities and their supporters are going to mount between now and the election to continue business as usual. Help is needed for canvassing, staffing phone banks and getting out the vote.