• Connect With Us:
  • Michigan approves energy standard ballot language

    Ballot language that could increase Michigan's renewable energy standard to 25% by 2025 has been approved by Michigan's Board of State Canvassers, HydroWorld.com has learned.

    The proposal, which might appear on ballots as early as November 6, would require the state's electric utilities to provide at least a quarter of their annual retail sales from renewable energy sources -- including hydropower -- by 2025.

    If passed, the initiative would amend Article IV of the Michigan Constitution with an addition called Section 55, or, informally, the "25 by 2025" plan.

    Michigan currently has no output capacity limit for what it considers "renewable" hydropower, though the state does not define pumped-storage facilities as renewable energy systems.

    Michigan also excludes hydropower facilities that use dams constructed after the effective date of the state's Public Act 295 of 2008, unless that dam is a repair, replacement or upgrade of a dam already in existence at the time of the act's passage.

    Utilities would also be prohibited from increasing consumer charges more than 1% per year to achieve compliance with the 2025 renewable energy standard, although annual extensions of the deadline could be granted to prevent rate increases from exceeding that limit.

    The plan is designed to develop the state's renewable sources in a "manner that fosters a diversity of energy generation technologies".

    A study conducted by Michigan State University indicates the renewable energy standard could create at least 74,000 jobs in the wind, solar, biomass and hydropower industries.

    Should Michigan adopt the initiative, it would join more than 30 states that have already passed similar legislation.

    HydroWorld.com reported earlier this month that Massachusetts has also adopted measures that would benefit hydroelectric development.

    Hydro Industry Financials

    Buyers Guide Products

    Project Management

    Knight Piésold engineers, scientists and techni...

    Environmental Services

    Knight Piésold maintains the technical capabili...

    QSP Environmental Packers aka Fixed End Style

    SS / Viton with Pass Thru(s)

    GEI's Review of an EPA Thermal Model

    GEI provides water quaily and temperature analy...

    Most Read Articles

    Recent Comments

    Buyers Guide Companies

    In-Situ Inc

    Designs, manufactures, and distributes environm...

    Ecofish Research Ltd

    Specializes in the environmental assessment and...

    Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP

    Provides legal support for environmental, natur...

    Gomez and Sullivan Engineers PC

    We are a water resources consulting firm offeri...

    Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd

    An internationally-recognized engineering and e...

    Continuing Education

    Professional Development Hours
    To access a course listing associated to a specific topic listed below, click on the topic of choice from the list below.

    12/01/2013
    Volume 32, Issue 10
    file
    11/01/2013
    Volume 21, Issue 6
    1311hrw-cvr

    Archived Articles

    2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 2011 | 2012 | 2013
    Hydro Review Past Issues

    Premium Content AD Promo Space