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Thu January 12, 2012
Group wants requirement for more renewable energy
LANSING, MI –
A group wants Michigan voters to amend the state's constitution to require more electricity to come from renewable sources by 2025.
The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/ziM6g8) that proposed ballot language filed Wednesday for the Nov. 6 election would require the state's utilities to reach 25 percent, up from the 10 percent required by 2015 under current law.
According to a state report, less than 4 percent of Michigan's electricity came from renewable sources in 2009.
The group Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs includes public health, labor and farming groups and wants to raise more than $1 million to collect about 500,000 signatures to get the measure before voters.
Representatives of the state's major utilities expressed concern about word of the possible 25 percent target.