To the Journal editor:
As mayor of the city of Negaunee, which is a leader in using electricity generated by renewable energy sources, I, personally oppose Proposal 3, the "25 by 25" ballot measure that would constitutionally require that 25 percent of Michigan's electricity be generated from renewable sources by 2025.
My no vote on Nov. 6 will be a vote not against green power, but rather for a smart energy policy. I strongly support our state's landmark 2008 energy policy requiring providers to meet a 10 percent renewable energy portfolio standard by 2015. In fact, the city of Negaunee is already exceeding this challenging but realistic goal: 14 percent of Negaunee's power supply currently comes from green power resources like hydro, wind, solar and biogas.
I will vote "no" because the state constitution is the wrong place for setting energy policy. Our 2008 energy law was approved by the Michigan Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support, after careful evaluation of its impact on energy bills, the electricity needs of Michigan families and businesses, how renewable energy fits in with the state's generating fleet, and the price of power on the wholesale markets.
Smart policy requires thoughtful consideration. Proposal 3 would alter the constitution and inject an arbitrary, ill-considered standard. The Proposal 3 mandate would undermine Michigan's long-term energy plan by locking specific energy policy into the constitution.
Please help ensure that our state will have the flexibility needed to provide families and businesses the affordable, reliable power they need. Vote no on Proposal 3 this Nov. 6.
Michael W. Haines, mayor
City of Negaunee