LANSING, Mich. – Michigan would generate 50 percent of its electricity from clean, renewable sources by 2035, and greatly reduce energy waste under soon to be introduced bills in the Legislature. The package of bills would reduce energy costs, create jobs and build upon recently enacted energy laws.
“Our legislation that increases the renewable energy standard to 50 percent by 2035 will spur innovation in Michigan’s clean energy industry and create good jobs for Michiganders,” said Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor). “Expanding renewable energy will boost Michigan’s green energy sector and make our state a national leader within this emerging industry.”
Energy laws enacted in April increased the renewable energy standard to 15 percent by 2021 and maintained the current energy efficiency standard of 1 percent, which sunsets in 2021. The legislation introduced today will expand on those provisions by:
“Burning fossil fuels like coal and oil spews dangerous pollutants into our air and water, and this legislation will improve the health of Michigan families, children and seniors,” said Rep. Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo). “Accelerating the transition away from dirty fossil fuels to clean energy will protect the health of Michiganders, reduce asthma and lung disease and ultimately save lives.”
Sen. Warren and Rep. Hoadley are introducing bills that would increase the renewable energy standard. Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor) and Rep. Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township) will introduce bills that would increase the energy efficiency standard.
“The cheapest electricity is the electricity we don’t use, and boosting investment in energy efficiency will rein in rising electricity costs while reducing pollution,” said Rep. Lasinski. “The current energy efficiency standards have saved ratepayers more than $5 billion since 2009, which is why we should double down on reducing energy waste to save ratepayers money while making Michigan a leader in designing and manufacturing energy-efficient appliances that fuel our economy.”
“Reducing pollution in our air and water supports our tourism industry, which drives Michigan’s economy and attracts visitors from across the globe to our amazing beaches, lakes and rivers,” said Sen. Hopgood. “Expanding clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency is good for our economy and will help protect our precious Great Lakes, which are part of our culture, our way of life and our economy. That’s why this legislation is so important, and I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this bold package.”