Proposal 3 in Michigan: Renewable Electricity Standard http://michiganradio.org en Proposal 3 backers plan to keep pushing for renewable energy http://michiganradio.org/post/proposal-3-backers-plan-keep-pushing-renewable-energy <p>Michigan voters rejected Proposal 3 on Tuesday. The proposal would’ve required utilities to get 25 percent of their electricity sales from renewable sources by the year 2025.&nbsp; It was controversial partly because it would’ve amended the state constitution.</p><p>Howard Edelson is the campaign manager for CARE for Michigan. The group worked to defeat the proposal on behalf of the state’s utilities.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 04:33:44 +0000 Rebecca Williams 9830 at http://michiganradio.org Proposal 3 backers plan to keep pushing for renewable energy Proposal 3: How would we meet it? (Part 2) http://michiganradio.org/post/proposal-3-how-would-we-meet-it-part-2 <p>Proposal 3 would amend the state constitution and require utilities to get 25 percent of their electricity sales from renewable sources by the year 2025.</p><p>You may start noticing more solar arrays on land and tops of buildings, if Proposal 3 passes.</p><p>Take, for example, the American Waste garbage and recycling center near Traverse City, where two electricians were finishing up installation of a solar array on the property when I visited.</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Candice Ludlow 9724 at http://michiganradio.org Proposal 3: How would we meet it? (Part 2) Stateside: The renewable energy question http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-renewable-energy-question <p>Continuing our examination of the six proposals on Michigan's ballot, we turn to <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/5-things-know-about-proposal-3-25-25">Proposal 3: The renewable energy question.</a><br><br>&nbsp;Michigan Radio's Rebecca Williams, host of "The Environment Report," spoke with Cyndy about how the proposal would affect the state if passed.</p><p>Listen to the segment above.</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 20:48:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9717 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: The renewable energy question Proposal 3: Costs and Controversies http://michiganradio.org/post/proposal-3-costs-and-controversies <p>In Michigan, we get more than half of our electricity from coal and all of that coal is imported from other states.</p><p>Soon, you’ll be asked whether you want more of our electricity to come from sources like the wind and the sun.</p><p>Proposal 3 will ask voters to amend the state Constitution to require utilities to get 25 percent of their electricity sales from renewable sources (the proposal defines these sources as wind, solar, biomass and hydropower) by the year 2025.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 9685 at http://michiganradio.org Proposal 3: Costs and Controversies Commentary: The renewable energy amendment http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-renewable-energy-amendment <p></p><p></p><p>I suspect some people are having a harder time deciding how to vote on the renewable energy amendment -- Proposal 3 -- than on any of the other five proposals on this year’s ballot.</p><p>The others are pretty straightforward. Either you think the emergency manager law is necessary, or you don’t.&nbsp; Either you think collective bargaining should be a constitutional right, or you don’t.</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 13:14:24 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9616 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: The renewable energy amendment President of the Union of Concerned Scientists stumps in Michigan for Prop 3 http://michiganradio.org/post/president-union-concerned-scientists-stumps-michigan-prop-3 <p>Kevin Knobloch, President of the <a href="http://www.ucsusa.org/">Union of Concerned Scientists </a>was in Grand Rapids and will be&nbsp;in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/412371202162601/">Kalamazoo tonight </a>to ask people to vote in favor of Proposition 3. In <a href="http://blog.ucsusa.org/michigan-has-a-powerful-megaphone-for-our-energy-future/?utm_&amp;utm_medium=head&amp;utm_campaign=MI">an essay Knobloch called </a>it "the most important clean energy vote this year".</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:53:45 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9599 at http://michiganradio.org Proposal 3: 25 x '25 would amend Michigan's Constitution to increase use of renewables http://michiganradio.org/post/proposal-3-25-x-25-would-amend-michigans-constitution-increase-use-renewables <p><em>This is a story I produced for NPR's Morning Edition.&nbsp; Editors were interested in Proposal 3 in Michigan because, if it passes, it would be the first time a state constitution would be amended for a Renewable Portfolio Standard. We'll be looking at this proposal in more detail in future reports.</em></p><p>There are business effects to some of the more than 170 statewide ballot measures to be decided in next month's elections. In California, voters will determine if labels should be required on genetically-modified food. People in Arkansas will vote whether to increase taxes for highways and bridges. And one measure in Michigan is capturing attention - whether the state constitution should be amended to change how utilities get their electricity.</p><p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 17:09:28 +0000 Rebecca Williams 9469 at http://michiganradio.org Proposal 3: 25 x '25 would amend Michigan's Constitution to increase use of renewables 5 things to know about Proposal 3: 25 by '25 http://michiganradio.org/post/5-things-know-about-proposal-3-25-25 <p>Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) promote the use of renewable energy by requiring that a minimum percentage or amount of energy sold in a state come from sources like wind, solar, biomass, or hydropower.&nbsp;</p><p>There are currently 29 states with some sort of RPS in place. Michigan is one of them.&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan’s current standard, passed by the legislature in 2008, calls for 10 percent of retail electricity sales to be derived from renewable sources by 2015.</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 15:56:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9426 at http://michiganradio.org 5 things to know about Proposal 3: 25 by '25 Truth Squad on Prop 3 ads: Technical Fouls for '25 by '25' http://michiganradio.org/post/truth-squad-prop-3-ads-technical-fouls-25-25 <p>Five proposed amendments to the state Constitution and one other referendum will appear on the ballot on election day. Political commercials are on your TV making arguments for and against many of the proposals.&nbsp; Michigan Watch teamed up with the Center for Michigan’s Truth Squad to look at the ads for and against Proposal 3.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 9348 at http://michiganradio.org Truth Squad on Prop 3 ads: Technical Fouls for '25 by '25'