It’s short-sighted – dramatically changing Michigan’s landscape
To meet a 25 percent renewable standard, Michigan would need at least 5,000 megawatts more of renewable energy generating capacity.
If the state relied solely on wind energy to meet the requirement, it would need as many as 3,100 wind turbines, each taller than the state Capitol, all across Michigan – and maybe even in the Great Lakes. These wind farms would require about 500,000 acres of land, nearly six times the size of Detroit or 17 times the size of Grand Rapids.
Relying primarily on solar energy would significantly raise the price tag. And erecting that many wind turbines or solar panels in such a short time period would likely require the state to override local government control to reach 25 percent by 2025.