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Flashback Friday: A Fair, Flexible, and Future-Focused Energy Plan for MI

Michigan is proud to be energy independent and, with the help of responsible regulation, we can keep it that way.

The national energy landscape is constantly evolving and Michigan is specifically working to implement our 2016 energy law. That means local energy providers and legislators are working hard to make sure our policies support a system that is fair, flexible, and future-focused.

AMP’s three Fs—fair, flexible, and future — are a good “North Star” when it comes to crafting and implementing energy policies that are right for Michigan. Lansing officials should make it a priority to:

  • Allow Michigan the flexibility to implement renewables and encourage energy mixing in ways that are economically responsible and protect reliability
  • Continue to secure the state’s future energy independence by encouraging investment in Michigan’s energy infrastructure
  • Ensure every consumer is treated fairly by prioritizing the needs of Michiganders above all else

On this Flashback Friday, take a look at some of the energy milestones and progress the Wolverine State has celebrated recently:

  • 2016 Energy Law: Known as the Nofs-Proos legislation when it was debated back in 2015 and 2016, the 2016 energy law was a bipartisan answer to a question facing all Michiganders: How do we keep energy affordable and reliable while also making it cleaner and more sustainable? The 2016 energy law puts consumers first and helps Michigan further secure its energy independence. The legislation passed both chambers of the state legislature with overwhelming support from each side of the aisle.
  • NEXUS Pipeline: This major natural gas pipeline project connecting Michigan and Ohio will increase our access to safe, clean-burning natural gas. This is a big success in making Michigan even more flexible by diversifying our state’s energy mix. “Michigan has the most underground natural gas storage capacity in the nation,” which means the NEXUS pipeline helps us prepare for the future, too.
  • Integrated Resource Plans: Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) not only encourage a diverse energy mix, increasing our flexibility, but also lays out a plan to further incorporate new, emerging renewable energy projects without sacrificing customer affordability or reliability.

We will have a lot of work to do to ensure these achievements and milestones reach their full potential for Michigan energy. That means we still must make decisions about how best to fully secure a fair and flexible Michigan energy future.

You can learn more about the three Fs and responsible regulation by checking out our previous blog posts. If you have any questions, be sure to email info@allianceformichiganpower.org.