The Detroit Free Press reports that Michigan’s 21st Century Energy Plan is due to be released by the Michigan Public Service Commission by year’s end. One aspect that state regulators are considering is whether or not a certain percentage of Michigan’s electricity must come from renewable fuel sources like solar, wind and hydroelectric, and if that percentage would be mandatory or a goal. While some states are targeting up to 25% of energy from renewables in 10 years, Michigan utilities currently generate less than 8% of their electricity from renewable sources.
While industry reps are pushing for lesser and voluntary standards, Environment Michigan executive director Mike Shriberg urges stronger measure: “Anything under 10% by 2015 is the absolute floor for any responsible renewable portfolio standard. If Michigan wants to be a leader on this, you have to grow your renewables by 1% a year.”
Read State considers goals or rules for renewable energy in the Freep and read a draft copy of the 21st Century Energy Plan (pdf).