Michigan lawmaker’s renewable energy push likely would mean higher power bills
There is significant momentum building around the United States to reduce electricity generated by non-renewable energy sources and increase the amount from renewable ones such as wind and solar. California enacted a law in September that calls for moving to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Michigan could be on the way to joining the Golden State, if there is traction with a bill recently introduced in the state’s legislature.
A bill introduced by State Rep. Yousef Rabhi would raise the state’s mandate for using renewable energy to 25 percent by 2025, with incremental targets to hit along the way before reaching 100 percent in 2050. The bill calls for reaching 50 percent renewable energy by 2032, then 75 percent by 2040 before reaching the end goal. Michigan’s current law calls for the state to produce only 15 percent of its electricity with renewables by 2021.
While it is admirable for Michigan to be considering that goal, there is a larger question in play here. How would such a large infrastructure change be made by the power companies without added costs? Knowing that, chances are very good that power customers would end up paying for those additional costs in the form of higher power bills.
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