State to hold meetings on alternative energy

Jan 25, 2013

LANSING, MI (AP)--   State officials are laying the groundwork for planning Michigan's energy future, including a decision about whether to require stepped-up reliance on alternative electricity sources. 

Michigan voters rejected a ballot initiative last November that would have ordered the state's utilities to generate 25 percent of their power from solar, wind and other renewables by the year 2025. Governor Rick Snyder said afterward his administration would spend a couple of years studying whether a more ambitious standard will be needed after 2015, which is the deadline for producing at least 10 percent from renewable sources.

Officials tell The Associated Press they'll host seven meetings around the state from February to April so the public can recommend studies and data. A report will be submitted to the governor and legislature by year's end.