2012.10.17 Barb Mitzel: Vote 'no' on Prop. 3

Written by David Green.

Michigan voters are being asked to support a 25 percent renewable energy standard and lock that standard into the State Constitution on ballot Proposal 3. The ballot language in this 277 word proposal might be viewed harmless and one might even consider voting for this proposal if you didn’t know that Michigan lawmakers passed an energy law in 2008 requiring a 10 percent renewable energy standard by 2015 and once that 10 percent goal is reached in 2015, it will be reviewed again by our lawmakers to ensure that Michigan continues on an affordable path to clean energy.

This ballot proposal also does not account for the 12 billion dollars that would be required to meet this standard, at a time when our State and our local communities continue to recover economically.  Energy suppliers would be required to invest in technology that will likely change in the ensuing 13 years and Michigan families and businesses would be forced to spend this money on today’s technology. Reaching a 25 percent renewable standard would require as many as 3,100 additional wind turbines and result in the uncertainty of local control where these turbines will be located. This would dramatically change the face of our State and our local communities. 

Our State Constitution is not the place for energy policy. No other State in the country has mandated in their State Constitution an energy portfolio standard. Proposal 3 would lock a reckless renewable energy mandate into our State Constitution and eliminate the flexibility needed to deal with changing customer needs, emerging technology and to provide our families and businesses with cleaner, affordable, reliable electric service.

Michigan is already on a smart, affordable path to a greener energy future. I encourage you to oppose this ’25 x 25’ mandate and vote “no” on Proposal 3.

– Barbara Mitzel

Woodfield Drive, Adrian

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