Analysis: Why Michigans renewable energy amendment failed

Date: November 13, 2012

By Dan Ferber, November 13th, 2012.
Story originally published on Midwest Energy News.

In September, a Lansing, Michigan, based polling firm surveyed the state’s electorate, and found that 55 percent of Michiganders supported Proposal 3, a ballot measure that would have strengthened the state’s modest renewable energy standard by requiring the state’s utilities to obtain 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. At the time, only 34 percent opposed it.

But on Election Day, 62 percent of the state’s voters rejected Proposal 3, stunning renewable energy advocates and forcing them back to the drawing board.

So what happened? And what lessons can be drawn from Proposal 3’s defeat?

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