Voters rejected Proposal 3, opting not to put the renewable energy mandate in the state’s constitution.
Opposition group Clean Affordable Renewable Energy (CARE) for Michigan claimed victory in defeating the proposal that it said would lead to higher electric bills. It made the call at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The measure lost 63 percent to 37 percent with 93 percent of precincts reporting.
Known as the 25 by 25 proposal, it would have amended the constitution to require Michigan utilities to derive at least 25 percent of their annual electric retail sales from clean renewable sources, including wind, solar, biomass and hydropower, by 2025. It also called for providers to limit rate increases to 1 percent per year to cover costs associated with meeting the standard.
The state will continue working toward its mandate of 10 percent renewable energy by 2015, as required by a 2008 law.
“The overwhelming rejection of Proposal 3 is an endorsement that the state’s existing energy policy is working,” CARE campaign manager Howard Edelson said in a statement. “Voters understand that out-of-state billionaires should not be driving Michigan’s energy future. They also recognized the state’s hometown energy providers are continuing their commitment to renewable energy projects, and protecting the environment while keeping costs down.”