Rick Snyder says he supports Michigan's renewable energy law
Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder said yesterday that he supports the state's renewable portfolio standard, a 2008 law that requires utilities to get at least 10 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2015.
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com
“I think they did a decent job on that law,” Snyder said. “I don’t think we need to do much here. The balancing act is we need to keep costs down, but we need to look at renewables. I don’t want to mess with that.”
Michigan is one of 31 states with some kind of energy law requiring utilities to get more electricity from renewable sources, according to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.
Snyder's statement came the same day the Michigan League of Conservation Voters challenged Snyder and his Democratic opponent, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, to respond to eight specific questions on environmental issues. Both Snyder and Bernero received the MLCV's endorsement in the primary.
Bernero in 2007 established an RPS for Lansing city government facilities, which must get 10 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2010, 15 percent by 2015 and 20 percent by 2020.
Snyder and Bernero will square off Sunday night in the only gubernatorial debate. They will also speak at the Detroit Economic Club on Thursday but won't appear on stage at the same time.