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Submissions are due on October 16

Power to Change, Renewables | October 14, 2013 | By Jim Dulzo

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There are lots of happy faces around our office since the Snyder administration released its draft report on renewable energy. Based on last winter’s energy forums, it says we can get to 30 percent renewable energy by 2035 without straining the power grid—or our wallets!

But the report is subject to some revision before it’s finalized, which is why we’re reaching out: We’d like you to chime in, reinforce the draft report’s findings, and nudge those good folks a bit—while “30 by 35” is good, we’d like them to look closely at 35 and 40 percent, and getting there before 2035. All that means is maintaining the same pace we’ve been seeing—adding 1-1/2 percent per year.

So…if you’re willing…here’s a link to our Friday news article on the report and what our clean energy allies are saying.

Then, here’s another link to talking points our renewables pals have cooked up to help you out. There’s plenty to choose from—pick a few faves for a short note.

Then, go to the forum comment page and you’ll see what to do. You have to register, but it’s easy and your comments are posted without attribution.

Finally—when your done, please drop me a note at jimdulzo@mlui.org so we can tally MLUI’s participation. There’s a bit of a friendly contest among our coalition members, so we want credit where credit is due!

Oh…and this needs to be done by Wednesday evening, Oct. 16...so I hope you can jump on it sometime today. It really is easy, and it’s really about letting the state know there’s LOTS of support for what is, in these rather crazy times, a pretty bold stand.

Thanks so much—and do enjoy the day and this fine opportunity to continue to influence Lansing’s thinking on clean energy, which does seem to be steadily improving.

~Jim Dulzo
MLUI Senior Energy Policy Specialist

3 Comments

287 days ago, 10:29pm | by Kevon Martis | Report Comment

Thanks Jim, I did!

http://iiccusa.org/financial-impact/iicc-response-to-mpsc-draft/

285 days ago, 11:44am | by Tom Hart | Report Comment

As did I....

268 days ago, 4:12pm | by Mary Nowak | Report Comment

It is simply a lie to say that wind energy is efficient. It is 30% efficient according to how much they cost. It is very bothersome to some people with acute hearing. Wait until your electric bill skyrockets in the future to do something, it is too late.

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