Hello, my name is Leigh and I am the campaign coordinator at Progress Michigan. On Tuesday, Progress Michigan, along with a coalition of 10 other groups, launched a campaign across the state to stop the development of any more coal fired power plants in Michigan. The launch consisted of nine press conferences from Detroit to Lansing to Grand Rapids to Bay City to Traverse City and some in-between. You may of heard some of our coalition members on the radio or seen them covered in your newspaper. The press conferences were a great way to let people know that we mean business and want to see Michigan become a leader in clean, renewable energy, not dirty outdated coal technology. Michigan’s communities deserve better. Our citizens deserve clean breathable air, swimmable lakes, and good-paying jobs. And guess what – CLEAN, RENEWABLE ENERGY is the solution to keeping everything we love about Michigan in great shape!
Another part of the launch was a petition. You can still check it out and add your name to the list. The petition will be sent to legislators asking them to stop any more coal fired power plants from developing in Michigan. It also urges them to instate a renewable energy standard of 20% by 2020 – which would encourage companies to to invest in manufacturing the renewable technologies like wind turbines and solar panels right here IN MICHIGAN! Which means more jobs and less out-of-state importation of energy materials – like coal. We are also asking legislators to enact a statewide, utility-funded energy efficiency program that would reduce energy consumption in the state by at least 1% each year! So, check out some of the news hits (see below), sign the petition, and stay tuned for more info to come!