Energy proposal raises debate over costs, jobs

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A renewable energy proposal on Michigan's Nov. 6 election ballot is stirring a whirlwind of competing claims about costs and jobs.

The measure would amend the state constitution to require that utilities generate 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources such wind, solar and hydropower by 2025.

Supporters' television ads say the measure would create 94,000 jobs, a figure opponents say is inflated. An opposition ad says the measure would add thousands of dollars yearly to electric bills, while supporters say residential customers would pay only 50 cents a month more.

Opponents say the issue is too complicated for the state constitution and should be debated by the legislature. But supporters say big oil and coal companies have too much influence with lawmakers,so voters should make the decision.

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