This letter is in full support of Proposal 3, which states that beginning no later than 2025, at least 25 percent of each electricity provider's annual retail electricity sales in Michigan shall be derived from the generation or purchase of electricity produced from clean renewable electric energy sources; thus, it has earned the nickname 25x25 Initiative.
The 2008 recession particularly affected Alpena's energy economy, causing the demand for wind turbines to plunge, and ATI Casting Services to close its doors. Sadly, Michigan is falling behind many other states in clean renewable energy as it currently accounts for just 3.6 percent of the energy used in Michigan. Iowa already gets 23 percent of its electricity from renewables (and their goal is also to increase that to 25 percent by 2025). Many other states aim to reach the 25 percent mark by 2025, while Maine audaciously aims to get to 40 percent by 2017.
Some claim that Proposal 3 would increase the electric bills of consumers by 25 percent or more. This is clearly a downright lie. Actually, the Michigan Public Service Commission reports that independent economists predict it would cost the average Michigan household no more than $1.25 a month, and in the long run could reduce our energy bills.
Alpena will not be left behind in the renewable energy industry. The new Alpena Biorefinery is a Michigan Center of Energy Excellence is a pilot biorefinery, implicating a significant increase in the number of government employees, and other business officials visiting Alpena in the future.
This town has the potential to be at the core of Michigan's two largest industries-manufacturing and agriculture. As a state, we must invest in clean renewable energy to keep our economy growing and - moving forward. Vote yes on Proposal 3.