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Senate committee pushes energy plan to full Senate

Wind farm in Kansas.
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A Michigan Senate committee moved ahead part of a Democrat-led clean energy plan Wednesday.

The legislation is the result of weeks of negotiations and re-writes.

Among other things… it would require Michigan energy producers to use 100-percent clean energy by 20-40.

But Democratic Senator Sam Singh says supporters had to compromise on some areas.

“We didn’t get everything that we had discussed and talked about. There are some things that I wish could’ve been included, including items such as community solar, which I think still will be still be just an [ongoing] conversation we’ll need to have.”

Some business groups are criticizing the plan. They say the clean energy mandates are both unlikely to work in practice—and would come at the cost of reliability.