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Get the facts on Michigan Energy Proposal 3

September 27, 2012
The Alpena News

Did you know Michigan utility rate payers spend $1.7 billion dollars out of state annually to import coal?

Proposal 3 would increase Michigan's renewable electricity standard (RES) to 25 percent renewable energy by 2025. Michigan's current RES is 10 percent by 2015. More than 30 other states have similar standards to the ballot proposal. Renewable energy creates more jobs per kilowatt than traditional forms of energy.

The proposal would cap rate increases to no more than 1 percent (less than $1.25 per month per household), represents $10 billion in new investments by 2025, and Proposal 3 would create 94,000 good-paying installation, maintenance and manufacturing jobs according to a recent Michigan State University study.

Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs Proposal 3 would keep Michigan's energy dollars right here at home and result in less toxic air pollution, less mercury contamination in our fish, reduce cardio-respiratory diseases, premature deaths, while reducing health care costs and saving lives.

Go talk to the folks in Gratiot County. The county receives tax revenue and the people will receive an estimated $2 million annually in royalties over the life of the wind project, not to mention the jobs that have been created in the community.

I urge Michigan residents to learn all the facts. Please visit to learn more about Proposal 3.

Brenda Archambo




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