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The most important clean-energy vote this year is in Michigan

The most important clean-energy vote this year is in Michigan

Michigan: Great Lakes, great expectations. (Image courtesy of Shutterstock .) Probably the most important energy-related vote this November is happening in the swing state of Michigan, where voters will decide whether to substantially boost the state’s renewable energy standard (RES). It’s a big deal for all sorts of reasons, many of which extend beyond the state itself. So let’s walk through the background. In 2008, Michigan passed a law to require the state’s utilities to generate 10 percent of their power from renewable energy sources by 2015. It was an extremely cautious RES, full of defensive provisos prohibiting anything that would cost more than coal power or raise electricity rates. This year, the Michigan Public Service Commission , which oversees compliance, issued an updated report [PDF] on how implementation is going. The top-line conclusion is that implementat...

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