Over the years ALEC’s anti-environment agenda has tried to get states to repeal requirements for utility companies to use a proportion of their energy from renewable energy sources. A model bill known as the Electricity Freedom Act has been the means to achieve this.
In Michigan this year the renewable energy mandate is being replaced by renewable energy goals. The difference between a mandate and a goal is that there are no consequences for not meeting a goal.
The bill currently pending in the Senate specifies a 35 percent renewable energy goal by 2025, while the accompanying bill in the House specifies a 30 percent goal.
Legislators reviewing the current mandate of ten percent renewable energy by 2015 decided no new requirement was needed.
29 states have renewable portfolio standards, while eight states have renewable energy goals.
Make up your own mind if the change from a mandate to a goal is being inspired by ALEC.