For a stable climate, scientists agree we need to shift to 100% renewable energy (RE) for all sources by 2050, and cut climate emissions 45% by 2030.1 If done in a way that centers equity, this will bring many benefits - saving lives, making healthier communities for our families, creating good jobs, and boosting local economies.

More than a dozen states now have 100% RE goals for electricity, and several have goals to be carbon neutral, which means all sources of energy are carbon free - including electricity, buildings, and transportation. Michigan should be among the states leading our nation in clean, renewable energy.

California Legislation Mandate Clean 2045
Connecticut Executive Order Goal Clean 2040
DC Legislation Mandate Renewable 2032
Hawaii Legislation Mandate Renewable 2045
Maine Legislation Mandate Clean 2050
Nevada Legislation Goal Clean 2050
New Jersey Executive Order Goal Clean 2050
New Mexico Legislation Mandate Clean 2045
New York Legislation Mandate Clean 2040
Puerto Rico Legislation Mandate Renewable 2050
Virginia Executive Order Goal Clean 2050
Washington Legislation Mandate Clean 2045
Wisconsin Executive Order Goal Clean 2050

Table created by: Greentech Media

Research shows 100% renewable energy is achievable for the entire U.S. right now, and will just become easier as storage and other technologies improve. More than 200 U.S. cities and counties have committed to 100%, and over 100 cities around the globe get at least 70% of their energy from renewable sources.2 Renewables and efficiency now cost less than any other energy source in Michigan,3 and are expanding rapidly, with large solar arrays now being built in Cadillac, Grand Rapids, East Lansing and other parts of the state.

Powering our state with 100% renewable energy for all our energy needs would save Michigan families over $150 in energy costs and $2,000 in health care costs every year, according to Stanford University research.4 It would reduce the air pollution that triggers asthma attacks and respiratory illnesses, improving quality of life and saving lives. Done right, a Michigan 100% policy that centers equitable solutions will help repair the unjust legacy of environmental harms inflicted on communities by fossil fuel and other industrial polluters.

A commitment to 100% clean energy will help keep Michigan's manufacturing industry strong, and must be done in a way that creates good-paying jobs in the rapidly growing clean energy economy. Michigan already leads the Midwest with over 126,000 clean energy jobs.5 Smart clean energy policies will help this continue to grow,6 and should include investments in workers and communities affected by closing fossil fuel plants and the communities.7

Clean energy investments can boost local economies in Michigan communities. Wind energy has led to millions of dollars for rural landowners in some rural Michigan counties,8 and over $32 million of investment in our state and local economies through taxes alone in 2018.9

100% RE is good for communities and is good for Michigan!


[1] Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC 1.5C Report:

[2] CDP Data:

[3] Michigan Public Service Commission:,4639,7-159-16400_17280-376729--,00.html

[4] Stanford University 100% Energy Roadmap for Michigan:

[5] Clean Jobs Midwest Report 2019:

[6] ELPC 2019 Report - Michigan Clean Energy Business Supply Chain:

[7] BlueGreen Alliance Plan Solidarity for Climate Action:

[8] Midwest Energy News, "Report: Rural Michigan landowners net millions from wind farms," April 12, 2016.

[9] AWEA 2018 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report:

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  • Sharon Sheldon
    commented 2020-02-07 01:19:57 -0500
    I am getting involved in the planning in Washtenaw County whose goal is to get to carbon neutrality by 2030.
  • Heather DeLadurantaye
    commented 2018-09-03 19:40:31 -0400
    I think 100% renewable energy is an attainable goal. I would like to see it go a step further with new constructions being designed to be100% self-sustainable and off grid. The concept of being plugged into a grid is out dated, expensive to maintain, especially with an onslaught of extreme weather events. I realize that this may not be a popular idea becaue it would take money directly away fromt he utility companies by essetially providing free energy to anyone living in a home or structure designed in this way. That’s not to say there can’t be a way to find middle ground or that this idea couldn’t create a whole to energy feild in and of itself. It is time to think out of the box. Lets try something new.

    Also, If we are going to be really serious about reducing the impact of climate change, we MUST get our world governments to abandon their geo-engineering and weather modification programs and technologies. These practicies are dangerous and are only adding to severe weather incidents. We must realize that in harming the enviroment, we harm ourselves and our future. We are all connected. Separation is an illusion. No amount of money or power will fill the void of trying to sustain that illusion, it only deepens the cavern.
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