Tomorrow, as we celebrate our country’s independence with cookouts, parades, and fireworks, we should also take some time to recognize how Michigan’s future depends on our own energy independence.
Our Energy Dollars Should Stay in Michigan
If we become reliant on energy supplied by out-of-state sources, it will come at the expense of efforts by local, Michigan-owned and -operated energy companies to secure a bright future for Michigan. When our energy dollars stay in Michigan, all Michiganders benefit because local investment makes it possible to:
If we don’t maintain our energy independence by producing a majority of our own energy, then our energy dollars will end up strengthening the economies of neighboring states. That’s why it’s important to ensure our lawmakers in Lansing are fully aware of the consequences of electric deregulation, and other policies that could limit Michigan’s ability to generate the energy we need.
Michigan’s Energy Policies Should Represent Michigan’s Interests
One of the primary reasons AMP exists is to bring our members’ priorities to the attention of Michigan policymakers, and to ensure our voices are heard when important decisions about energy are made.
If we open up our markets to out-of-state energy providers by deregulating electricity, we lose some of our self determination on energy matters. Decisions made by lawmakers in other states will end up affecting Michigan families and businesses—even though we would have no representation in places like Indianapolis or Columbus.
A More Perfect Michigan
The preamble to the U.S. Constitution lays out the founders’ vision of “a more perfect Union” that would empower its citizens for generations to come and create prosperity for all. While Michigan still has work to be done as part of our comeback from the recession of the last several years, an energy-independent Michigan is a critical factor in helping us secure the future we want for our children.
Do you have a story to share about how Michigan energy has benefitted your family or your local community? Tell us more about it. We’d love to hear from you.