A 45-year-old pumped storage electricity plant in Ludington exhibits many of the qualities we want today in renewable energy technologies.
MLUI’s special report, “The Power of Energy Efficiency,” introduces some of the people already making Traverse City and northwest Michigan “efficiency-ready”: homeowners, business people, contractors, officials, and experts with first-hand knowledge of just how well energy efficiency works.
I enthusiastically support Proposal 3 because developing clean energy right here in Michigan is good for the environment and the economy. There are times when the public is better served when important matters of public policy are protected within our Constitutional framework.
Still mulling over whether Proposal 3, the renewable energy standard ballot initiative, will skyrocket your electric bill as utility ads claim? Well, here’s a true story: Consumers wants to raise residential electric rates by an average of more than $11 per month, and it has nothing to do with renewables. And, in the year ending in July, DTE Energy raised residential rates by an average of 11 percent-largely due to the rising cost of coal. Now, that’s skyrocketing!