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Scorecard on 25 x 25 Election Ballot Initiative in Michigan

The Michigan Board of Canvassers has certified the 25 percent renewable generation by 2025 ballot proposal for the November 6 ballot. Ballot numbers will be assigned next month. Latest developments:

In favor:

  • A poll released for small business owners in Michigan shows 79 percent support the initiative
  • Former Michigan Republican Party Chair Saul Anuzis has endorsed the initiative
  • 140 academics, scientists and experts in Michigan have signed an open letter in support, finding it feasible and citing its economic and health benefits
  • Michigan State University’s Land Policy Institute has issued a report finding that the initiative could create at 74,000 new Michigan jobs and generate $10.3 billion in new investments
  • Michigan Education Association has issued a statement supporting the initiative
  • Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs’ first campaign finance report shows it has raised $2.25 Million for the election campaign, including $1.34 Million from the Green Tech Action Fund of San Francisco and $450,000 from the Natural Resources Defense Council of New York
  • Visit: http://www.mienergymijobs.com/


  • Former Democratic Attorney General Frank Kelly has come out against the initiative
  • The Utility Works Union of America has issued a statement opposing the initiative
  • Care for Michigan Coalition’s (a/k/a Clean Affordable Renewable Energy for Michigan Coalition) first campaign finance report shows it has raised $5.92 Million for the election campaign, including $2.77 Million from DTE Energy (parent of Detroit Edison) and $2.98 Million from CMS Energy (parent of Consumers Energy)
  • Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution’s first campaign finance report shows it has raised $340,000 for the election campaign, including $100,000 from the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, $30,000 from Michigan Manufacturers Association, $30,000 from West Michigan Policy Forum of Grand Rapids, $30,000 from Small Business Association of Michigan, and $30,000 from the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Visit: www.careformich.com/
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About this Author

Bruce Goodman, Environmental lawyer, Varnum

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.

His environmental experience includes air...