Michigan currently imports its energy from other states and countries, sending billions of dollars — and the jobs they create — out of Michigan. Our electricity comes from mainly coal (60%) that we import from other states. The transportation alone of this coal from other parts of the country is a factor in our electricity rates. Why not generate electricity in Michigan from renewable sources that won’t be fueled by increasing costs? The Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs proposal will help us expand our clean energy industry right here in Michigan, so that Michiganders can buy Michigan energy, and we can stop exporting our money and our jobs.
Twenty other states, including Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa, have already adopted measures similar to this initiative, without significant increases in utility costs for consumers. If 20 other states can do it, why not Michigan?
The 25% by 2025 initiative will help expand Michigan’s clean energy production without significantly increasing energy prices. Studies by independent economists predict that it would cost the average Michigan household less than $15 dollars in any one year (or $1.25 a month), and in the long run could reduce our energy bills.
Using more wind and solar energy will reduce pollution and give Michigan cleaner and healthier air and water, protect the Great Lakes, reduce asthma and lung disease, and ultimately save lives. That’s why groups like the Michigan Nurses Association endorse this proposal.
Learn more and support the initiative at http://www.mienergymijobs.com/