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The world is beginning to move faster and faster toward renewable, and reusable energy sources. And Michigan, not wanting to be left behind, is hoping on the train for Clean Energy.

In fact, this fall, a letter was signed, and sent to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer by some of the Titans in Michigan's business world, claiming they are all-in on creating a 100% clean energy environment for the state, starting with their companies.

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The letter, written back in September urged the passage of "strong, decisive clean energy policies," which would be anchored by a plan to achieve 100% clean electricity to cut pollution in the state. Likewise, it would attract investment to Michigan, create new jobs, and reduce utility costs for businesses AND home owners.

"Passing legislation to achieve 100% clean energy while prioritizing affordability, equity, and job creation is an important step toward building a more just net zero economy that will enhance the vitality, competitiveness, and growth of our state. We stand ready to work with you and offer our experience, expertise, and partnership in passing this important legislation."

The heads of five major Michigan companies signed the letter with their own contributions to what could be an environment-saving bill.

Carrie Yunker, Bell's Brewery Executive Vice President

"For more than three decades, Bell’s Brewery has understood that operating sustainably is critical for the long-term resilience of our business, and we have seen positive effects as a result. We believe a potent mix of public policy and private investment will bring similar benefits to Michigan’s entire economy. We strongly support a 100% clean energy policy in Michigan to bring new investment to our communities, reduce costs for both households and businesses, and ensure that the state meets its crucial climate targets"

Jim MacInnes, Crystal Mountain Resort Chairman

"As Michigan faces the accelerating effects of a changing climate, our state must take aggressive action to adopt the proven technologies necessary to build a low-carbon energy future. By taking action now to adopt a 100% clean electricity plan, Michigan lawmakers can protect this beautiful part of the country, grow our economy, and ensure that our state remains an attractive destination for future generations."

Shaye Hardner, Worthen Industries Sustainability Manager

“From solar panels on our facilities to our fuel-efficient vehicle fleet, Worthen Industries has proven that we can play a critical role in the U.S. supply chain while taking action to reduce our emissions. That is why we know that a 100% clean energy standard will not only reduce Michigan’s impact on the climate but also have a significant and positive impact on the economy. We urge lawmakers to pass clean energy legislation this year and position the state to continue thriving as an industrial leader long into the future.”

Carla Walker-Miller, Walker-Miller Energy Services CEO

"By passing ambitious clean energy policy, Michigan can provide crucial support to the energy workforce of the future and opportunities in communities of all types. Walker-Miller Energy Services urges lawmakers to approve legislation this fall that will invest in Michigan's workforce and its communities, benefiting state and local economies alike."

Alli Gold Roberts, Ceres Senior Director of State Policy

"By passing ambitious clean energy policy, Michigan can provide crucial support to the energy workforce of the future and opportunities in communities of all types. Walker-Miller Energy Services urges lawmakers to approve legislation this fall that will invest in Michigan's workforce and its communities, benefiting state and local economies alike, Ceres and the businesses we work with urge Michigan lawmakers to approve a 100% clean electricity standard and additional ambitious policy measures that will harness this opportunity to create jobs, reduce costs, create opportunity, and build on the state’s industrial legacy.”

At this time, the legislation is under consideration by the Michigan legislature, and could create laws that Gov. Whitmer put in the Healthy Climate Plan back in 2022.

In addition to the clean energy pledge, the businesses also said they would support improvement to the state's energy waste reduction standard, more consideration for affordability, climate, and equity decision-making, they want to maximize opportunities to utilize federal clean energy investments, and update zoning laws to streamline the permitting and siting of renewable energy projects.

Take a Quick Tour of Bell's Original Downtown Brewery

Gallery Credit: Meatball/TSM

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