New Legislation Looks to Increase Renewable Energy to 50 Percent by 2035
LANSING - State senators and representatives met on Thursday, June 15 to discuss a new legislation for the state of Michigan. The bills introduced will give Michigan an opportunity to be a leader in clean, renewable energy. The bills agenda includes a proposal that Michigan will generate 50 percent of its electricity from clean, renewable sources.
"We want our state to maintain its national reputation as 'Pure Michigan' and this legislation will help us do that," said
Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor)
State Rep. Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) also explained why renewable energy and energy efficiency is a positive step forward in the right direction. There will be improved health across the state of Michigan which will reduce asthma and lung disease.
"Michiganders should have clean air to breathe and these bills will help us move in that direction," said Hoadley.
Michigan lakes are a hot spot for tourists and reducing pollution will drive Michigan's economy and continue to attract visitors.
"Expanding clean renewable energy and energy efficiency is good for our economy and will help protect our precious Great Lakes, our culture, our way of life," said Hopgood.
Hoadley said burning coal for our energy needs to be put into the past. The senators and representatives encourage their colleges to continue to support this legislation.