Michigan Rep. Yousef Rabhi, D-Ann Arbor, has introduced a bill that would require all of Michigan utilities’ energy to come from renewable sources by 2050.
According to Rabhi, H.B.6466 would extend the state’s renewable portfolio standard, requiring energy providers to meet a series of intermediate targets between 2019 and 2050.
Current Michigan law calls for utilities to increase renewable energy production to 15% by 2021 (from the current 10%). H.B.6466 would raise this standard to 25% by 2025, 50% by 2032, 75% by 2040 and 100% by 2050. California recently signed into law a similar bill that requires 100% clean energy by 2045.
“Strengthening Michigan’s commitment to renewable energy is vital to the health of our citizens and our economy,” Rabhi says. “As renewable technology becomes increasingly affordable, we have the opportunity to invest in good jobs in our own state, save consumers money, and protect our air and water.”
“On the heels of a major new report finding that, if left unchecked, some of the worst impacts of climate change will hit us sooner than previously believed, it is now more important than ever that we take action to move fully towards renewable energy,” adds Charlotte Jameson, energy policy and legislative affairs director at the Michigan Environmental Council. “Transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy is achievable and will usher in more economic prosperity for the state while reducing costs for families and protecting public health and the environment.”