Michigan voters may soon be asked whether utility companies should be required to collect one-fourth of their energy from renewable sources such as solar, wind, and hydropower. The state Board of Canvassers approved the language of a petition that calls on utilities to draw more from clean energy sources by 2025.
Mark Fisk is with a coalition working to get the question on the ballot this November. He told the panel reviewing the petition that the fee increases people would pay for more clean energy would be small.
"The average ratepayer would pay no more in a year than $15 dollars for the implementation of this proposal," he says. "Moreover, we have analysis that shows over time this initiative would reign in the cost of rising energy costs, compared to doing nothing."
Meanwhile, a large energy company told residents of a two northern Michigan counties this week that they will not push ahead with plans to build a commercial wind farm. Duke Energy says there's not enough demand right now from Michigan utilities to build the project in Benzie and Manistee counties.
The petition drive must collect more than 300,000 valid signatures to get the question on the ballot.
Linda Stephan contributed to this report.