by Jack Spencer
Michigan Capitol Confidential
Court battles over the Colorado and Minnesota renewable energy mandates could potentially mark the beginning of the end for similar laws in other states, including Michigan.
In June, Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Court wrote that Michigan’s in-state renewable energy mandate violates the Commerce Clause and is therefore unconstitutional. Judge Posner’s statement did not have the weight of law because the issue wasn’t directly before him. Nonetheless, many received it as a wake-up call and possible harbinger of things to come.