Energy Legislation Back in Focus in Lansing
Lansing is buzzing again with talk of new energy legislation, as Senators Nofs and Proos have introduced updated versions of SB 437 and SB 438.
With last month’s closure of ten coal-fired power plants around the state, and more closures on the way in the coming years, changes to the bills are focused on issues of reliability and investment in Michigan’s energy infrastructure.
In its report, “Status of Electric Competition in Michigan” issued January 29, 2015, the MPSC stated that there “appears to be a gap in planning and procurement of adequate resources for the long-term for customers served” by Michigan’s deregulated energy market. The commission emphasized “the urgency and importance of this issue in Michigan to the overall reliability and affordability of electric supplies.”
Revisions to the bills to address reliability and infrastructure include:
- Secures a long term reliable supply of electricity for all of Michigan’s families and businesses. This puts in place a system of checks and balances for ALL energy providers to ensure consumers’ needs are met. Out-of-state energy providers must have a plan in place that secures enough electricity over multiple years to meet their customers’ needs and not threaten reliability for customers of local utilities.
- Ensuring that the next era of power generation puts Michigan first. As waves of coal-fired plants are closed, new generation facilities should be built locally, utilizing Michigan-based workers and companies. This energy revolution could provide Michigan with billions of dollars of investments in Michigan businesses, providing job opportunities for Michigan’s hard-working men and women.
- New goals for renewables. Utilizing a robust Integrated Resource Plan process, moves Michigan away from mandates to a process that encourages the most balanced and cost effective generation mix for Michigan. This would eliminate the 10% renewable portfolio standard in favor of a blended goal of 30% renewable generation and energy waste reduction.
We are excited to see renewed action on smart energy legislation for Michigan and will continue to keep you updated as the process moves forward. Thanks for your support for a Michigan-first energy policy. Keep up the good work!