by Ryan Felton
Snyder's plan to increase renewables and draw down coal usage is not as ambitious as the 20% renewable portfolio standard by 2022 proposed by Michigan Democrats, but still represents a significant step for a GOP governor in an industrial state. And given that the Democrats are a minority in both legislative houses, any serious opposition to the plan would have to be at least somewhat bipartisan.
Snyder's plan banks hard on reducing demand, saying the state needs to eliminate energy waste to meet an additional 15% of its energy needs by 2025. The governor said the plan encourages a discussion with the state Legislature about programs that help people replace older, wasteful items like furnaces, and allow utilities to help with methods like on-bill financing for new devices.