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A new poll shows that 83% of Michigan voters support the bipartisan energy reform package now before the state Legislature, which will provide Michigan with an energy plan for the 21st century.

In addition, 86% say they would be much more likely to vote for a lawmaker who supported and voted for such a comprehensive plan, according to the poll.

"Michigan citizens are concerned about the cost and availability of energy - that's clear," says Rich Studley, president and CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Michigan Jobs and Energy Coalition. "Moreover, they want lawmakers to do something about it - now."

The poll of 500 registered Michigan voters was conducted Aug. 22-25 by the Alexandria, Va.-based TargetPoint Consulting. It has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

The poll comes as the Michigan Senate considers a bipartisan plan that would create an energy-efficiency program to help customers cut electricity use, provide incentives for utilities to use clean energy technology and require electric companies to expand their use of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.

The poll found 83% of respondents approved of each of those three components of the plan: the energy-efficiency standards, clean-energy incentives and renewable-energy standards.

SOURCE: Michigan Jobs and Energy Coalition

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