2018: What’s Happened with Energy So Far?
The year is flying by and Michigan’s current legislative session will be wrapping up before we know it. Michigan has made significant strides in building an affordable and reliable all-of-the-above energy mix following the guidelines established in the 2016 energy law.
As the legislature is getting back to work following the summer break, and before we head into the November elections, we want to take a quick look back at Michigan energy milestones so far in 2018.
Policy and Regulatory Wins
- MPSC Ruling: A Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) ruling stated that any electric provider that serves Michigan consumers must demonstrate they have “adequate resources secured” to ensure they can serve their customers for at least four years into the future. Recently, the Court of Appeals ruled that the MPSC did not have the authority to impose this requirement, however, the Commission has decided to appeal this to the Michigan Supreme Court. AMP knows that this authority is necessary for the MPSC to make the right energy decisions that protect Michigan for the long-term.
- Integrated Resource Plans: Commonly known as IRPs, integrated resource plans are blueprints drawn up by local energy providers that outline how they intend to meet future energy demand. As a result of the 2016 energy law, Michigan requires IRPs because they help streamline processes, reduce waste, and lower costs when providers are planning, building new infrastructure, or making changes to service. Both DTE Energy and Consumers Energy have made considerable progress in submitting their IRPs to help take Michigan another step closer towards a sustainable, reliable, affordable energy mix.
- Anti-Energy Measures Blocked in the Legislature: Sometimes, no news is good news. Several energy policies proposed by a handful of legislators that would have been unfair or downright harmful for most consumers never saw the light of day.
All-Of-The-Above Energy Mix: Natural Gas and Renewable Milestones
- Clair County Natural Gas Plant: After extensive planning and significant deliberation by the MPSC, ground has officially been broken on a new natural gas plant in St. Clair County! The benefits of natural gas are undeniable—it’s cleaner than other fossil fuels, it’s abundant in Michigan, and—when paired with renewables and nuclear—natural gas supports the strongest energy mix possible for Michigan. This plant will not only help bring even more affordable energy to the Wolverine State, but it will be a positive ripple effect benefitting our entire energy supply chain.
In Other Carbon Reduction News
- Ahead of the Electric Vehicle Curve: Michigan is ahead of our other Midwestern friends when it comes to electric cars. Combined, DTE Energy and Consumers Energy have invested $20.5 million in electric vehicle infrastructure. A three-year plan demonstrates that encouraging electric vehicle owners to charge their cars at home during off-peak hours could help lower rates for Michiganders by the millions.
Interested to learn more about Michigan’s energy victories? Check out this page on the AMP site to read more about important issues impacting our energy future.