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at the United Methodist Church of Ludington
5810 Bryant Road
November 1, 2012, 7 to 9 pm
  Sponsored by AFFEW
Concerning the Ballot Proposal 12-3;  25% renewable by 2025 while limiting cost increases to 1% per year.

Speakers for and against the ballot proposal will be:
  1. James P. Clift, DEQ, Policy Director of the Michigan Environmental Council.
  2. Jeff Mays, Consumers Energy, Area Manager for Public Affairs.
  Marty Ziemba will moderate the forum.
  James Clift is the Policy Director of the Michigan Environmental Council. The Michigan Environmental Council is an umbrella organization of over 65 environmental, public health and faith-based organizations located across Michigan. The Michigan Environmental Council does work in a variety of areas including resource protection, public health, land use and energy. For over ten years, the Michigan Environmental Council has intervened in utility cases before the MPSC with a focus on protecting the interest of Michigan’s residential ratepayers.

Mr. Clift was directly involved with the negotiations of Michigan’s 2008 Clean Energy legislation and has been involved with its implementation since that time. Prior to joining the Michigan Environmental Council in 1999, Mr. Clift worked as an environmental policy analyst with the Michigan Senate for nine years. He is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School and Central Michigan University.

Jeff Mayes is a lifelong resident of Bay City, Michigan.  He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Communications from the University of Michigan in 1994 where he was an Evans Scholar.  Jeff Mayes served as the Supervisor of Bangor Township and was elected to the Michigan House of Representative in 2004 where he served three terms.   As State Representative, he was the Chair of the House Energy & Technology Committee and the Agriculture Committee.  He also held the position of Majority Whip. 


Jeff was a lead policy maker in the drafting of our state’s current energy law and a co-author of Michigan’s first renewable portfolio standard.  In 2008, he was recognized by both the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association and the Michigan Manufacturers Association for his leadership in creating our state’s renewable energy law.  He currently works for Consumers Energy as an area manager for public affairs.  Jeff and his wife Michelle have two newborn twins, Brayden and Kelsey.   PO Box 177; Ludington, MI 49431