Did you vote for Michigan Energy on Election Day? We hope you took the opportunity to exercise your right to vote and make your voice heard on Tuesday—and that Michigan’s energy future was a prime factor in who you supported!
A Snapshot of the 2014 Election Results
In Michigan, we had a number of state-level races to watch this year, from state Supreme Court justices and University regents to Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Governor, where incumbent Rick Snyder (R) won reelection against challenger Mark Schauer (D). The GOP was also able to maintain their majorities in both the state House and Senate.
On the federal level, Terri Lynn Land (R) faced off against Gary Peters (D) to replace current U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D) in a race where energy issues played a significant role. Senator-elect Peters won by a margin of 54% to 41%. All of Michigan’s U.S. House seats were also contested.
Shaping the Future of Michigan Energy
After last week’s election, Republican majorities remain in both chambers of the state legislature—and Governor Snyder won his second term in office. In his first term, Governor Snyder led a thoughtful, deliberate discussion on energy policy in our state, and we expect that discussion to continue.
While Republicans control both houses of the legislature and Governor Snyder will lead our state for another term, that doesn’t mean everyone of either party is on the same page when it comes to what our energy policy solutions should look like.
For example, while three state House Republicans (Representatives McMillin, Goike, and Franz) have tried to repeal the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS), other Republicans are supportive of the RPS or support reform instead of outright repeal. Michigan’s energy providers are expected to achieve the current 10% RPS standard by the end of 2015.
The RPS is just one of many issues, including deregulation, energy efficiency, and more, likely to come up in the state legislature in the coming months. We’ll keep you in the loop and tell you how you can get involved as these issues develop in the next legislative session.
Did you Vote Energy on Election Day? Tell us what energy issues influenced your vote—and why!