Michigan House Committee to Vote on Nesbitt Legislation

The Michigan House Energy Policy Committee is set to vote on Representative Nesbitt’s energy proposal on Wednesday, November 4, after many weeks of testimony and debate from affected constituencies.  This is great news for our months-long effort to urge Lansing to pass a Michigan-first energy policy that treats all consumers fairly.

Ensuring Fairness for All

Representative Nesbitt’s legislation would address two key problems Michigan currently faces as a result of our partially deregulated electric system:

1. Lack of investment in our electric infrastructure. Out-of-state energy companies and their Michigan customers use our state’s electric grid on a daily basis. However, they do not make the investments necessary to maintain or improve our grid. Instead, some Michigan consumers are unfairly paying more so others can benefit from electric deregulation. And in some of those cases, the burden falls on those who can least afford it: low-income Michigan families.

2. Poor capacity planning by out-of-state energy providers. Alternative energy suppliers don’t currently guarantee capacity for their Michigan customers, putting reliability and affordability at risk for everyone. This is especially dangerous given our state’s projected capacity shortfall and the fact that Michigan will be closing 25 generating units in the next five years as the Midwest loses hundreds more in that same timeframe.

Representative Nesbitt’s legislation will ensure our state is properly planning for—and investing in—Michigan’s energy future in ways that will benefit all Michigan families and businesses. 

The Significance of this Vote

Tomorrow’s vote is a critical step in getting a new energy policy in place before the end of the year.  Here’s a quick breakdown of how the process works:

1. Legislators vote Representative Nesbitt’s proposal out of committee, passing it on to the full Michigan House of Representatives to consider.

2. Meanwhile, the Michigan Senate Energy & Technology Committee will need to pass its own version of energy legislation—such as the Nofs-Proos legislative package—onto the full Senate.

3. Both chambers will need to vote on and reconcile their two bills into one final version of energy legislation to pass on for Governor Snyder to sign into law.

The House Energy Policy Committee vote on Representative Nesbitt’s bill is the first critical step that sets everything else in motion.  That’s why we need our legislators in Lansing—especially those on the House Energy Policy Committee—to act quickly on this issue.

If your state representative is a member of the House Energy Policy Committee, you can make your voice heard before tomorrow’s vote!