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Environmentalists blast bill to repeal Michigan’s renewable energy standard

Morgue File

New legislation that would repeal Michigan’s renewable energy standard has been met with heavy opposition from environmentalists, and even some utilities.

In 2008, state lawmakers said electric utilities must generate at least ten percent of their energy using renewable sources by 2015. Recent studies show they are on track to meet that requirement.  

Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, introduced a bill last week that would repeal that part of Michigan’s energy law.

“Obviously, if it was not more costly, we wouldn’t have to mandate it,” said McMillin.

“I know there’s some environmental wackos out there who want to scare us and let us think that we don’t have energy available, but we do. So I think that this is the right thing to do.”

Consumers Energy released a statement on Thursday, saying it opposes McMillin’s bill.

“Consumers Energy is preparing to open its second wind farm, Cross Winds Energy Park, this fall and expects to reach the 10 percent renewable portfolio standard,” said spokesperson Brian Wheeler.