Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 2, 2014

Plan pushes Michigan to use more renewable energy

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will have to make greater use of renewable power sources while becoming more energy-efficient to meet the Obama administration's goals for sharply reducing carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.

The plan announced Monday will require Michigan to reduce carbon output by 31.5 percent from 2012 levels.

Coal-fired plants generate half of the state's electric power, followed by nuclear plants and natural gas.

State law requires that Michigan produce 10 percent of its power from wind and other renewable sources by the end of next year. Gov. Rick Snyder has called for more renewable energy and less reliance on coal.

But meeting the target won't be easy, and state voters rejected a ballot initiative in 2012 that called for a 25 percent renewable energy standard by 2025.

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