In Michigan
6:36 pm
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.