The group indicated that 30 states already have requirements higher than Michigan’s current 10 percent statutory requirement. It estimates that the new standard will generate 56,000 jobs and $10 billion in new investments. Opposition to the ballot proposal started with the Clean Affordable Renewable Energy (CARE) for Michigan Coalition, comprised of DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association and the Detroit Regional Chamber.
Now that sufficient signatures have been filed, a new opposition group has formed, the Michigan Jobs & Energy Coalition. This group includes the Michigan Manufacturers Association, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, major state utilities and utility associations, and Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council. Another group in opposition is the Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution supported by the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Manufacturers Association, and the West Michigan Policy Forum.
Bruce practices energy law, environmental law, and construction law. His energy background includes negotiating electric power sales agreements (both for wholesale sellers of energy and for retail consumers of energy) state electric rate cases, developing municipal energy tariffs, and energy project structuring and permitting. For years, he published a blog focused on alternative energy developments in Michigan. Most recently he has been involved in various alternative energy projects, including wind energy, biofuels and solar projects.