Michigan Utilities Agree to 25 Percent Renewables Goal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Detroit News:A ballot committee seeking to boost Michigan’s renewable energy mandate is ending a statewide petition drive after reaching an agreement with utility giants DTE Energy and Consumers Energy. The state’s two largest utilities announced Friday they are targeting a “50 percent clean energy goal” by 2030, including investments to ensure that 25 percent of the electricity they sell comes from renewable sources by that time, along with energy efficiency programs.Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer of California was funding a Michigan petition drive for a potential ballot initiative that would have required at least 30 percent of a provider’s electricity sales come from renewables by 2030. But the Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan committee said Friday it will not submit the more than 350,000 signatures it had collected to put the proposal before voters.The agreement between the ballot committee, DTE and Consumers “is a win for the people of Michigan,” Steyer said in a statement.“ Michigan has become a national example of how consumers, public interest advocates and energy companies can work together to find real solutions to combat climate change.”The new DTE and Consumers goal to sell 25 percent renewables by 2030 builds on a 2016 law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder that requires an electric provider’s portfolio to include at least 15 percent renewables by 2021. The state first adopted a 10 percent standard by 2015 under former Gov. Jennifer Granholm.Both companies have already announced plans to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent—by 2040 for Consumers and by 2050 for DTE—as they continue to move away from coal.More: DTE, Consumers Boost Renewable Energy Goals Michigan Utilities Agree to 25 Percent Renewables Goallast_img