Contact: Emily Rosenwasser,
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Club Endorses Michigan Clean Energy Ballot Proposition
Herald Vote as Election’s Most Important Clean Energy Initiative
LANSING, MI – Today, the Sierra Club joined several
national and state environmental and conservation groups at events across the
state of Michigan endorsing Proposal 3 on Michigan’s ballot.
Proposal 3 requires
25 percent of Michigan’s electricity come from renewable sources like wind and
solar by 2025. The proposal urges using Michigan-made equipment and hiring
Michigan workers, and explicitly states that utilities cannot raise electricity
prices related to the cost of generating renewable energy by any more than 1
percent per year.
“Proposal 3 will
create 94,000 jobs for Michigan workers, spark innovation and entrepreneurship
and improve the public health by reducing dangerous toxins in our air and water,”
said Anne Woiwode, Sierra Club
Michigan Chapter Director. “Our volunteers are mobilized and dedicated
to getting out the vote for Proposal 3. This is our opportunity to improve the
quality of our air and water and better protect the Great Lakes.”
More than 30 states
have adopted measures similar to Michigan’s ballot initiative, including
Illinois, Ohio and Iowa. The Illinois Power Agency found moving to a 25% by
2025 renewable energy standard has already reduced electricity prices by $176
“All eyes are on
Michigan as clean energy jobs, clean air and clean water are on the line,” said Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director.
“With Proposal 3, voters have the power to move the state forward and increase
Michigan’s use of renewable energy.”
about Proposal 3 can be found at www.mienergymijobs.com.