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Michigan leaders should commit to more renewable energy

If efficiency is our top energy priority, then passage of a strong renewable portfolio standard (RPS) is a close second. Nearly two dozen other states have already adopted some form of RPS. Even those with smaller renewable energy endowments than Michigan have taken this important step. Our state would enjoy multiple benefits:
  • Reduced energy imports, which annually cost Michigan about $20 billion;
  • Growth of our alternative energy sector and rural economic development; and  
  • Improved air quality and lower global warming pollution.

The Michigan Legislature will consider various RPS targets in 2007. MEC supports a requirement that Michigan utilities provide 13% renewable power by 2015 and 20% by 2020.
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