Thursday, October 18, 2012

Public Forums on November Ballot Proposals to be held Oct. 24, 25

HOUGHTON -- Two forums on November Ballot Proposals will be held Wednesday, Oct. 24, and Thursday, Oct. 25, in Houghton.

Michigan State University (MSU) Extension, in partnership with the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country, is hosting a Ballot Proposal Forum to provide factual, unbiased information on each proposal from MSU policy experts who will be present via webcam. This forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the BHK Learning Center, Houghton.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the proposals with other citizens and the experts. To read 100-word summaries and analysis of each of the proposals, visit the Citizen’s Research Council website: http://www.crcmich.org.

A Public Forum on on Proposal 3: Michigan's Renewable Energy Ballot Initiative will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in Michigan Tech's Forestry Building Room G002.

Proposal 3, if approved, would require electric utilities to provide at least 25 percent of their annual retail electricity sales to be from renewable energy sources by 2025 (25x25).

The forum will feature a panel from Michigan Tech's College of Engineering: Associate Dean Leonard Bohmann, Associate Professor Joshua Pearce and Professor Ezra Bar-Ziv, who will discuss wind power, solar power and biomass electricity, followed by a Question and Answer session.

This event is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Environmental and Energy Policy, the Sustainable Futures Institute, the Power and Energy Research Center and the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country.

See also the pro/con statements in the League's Voter Guide on www.lwvmi.org.

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