Lawmakers in Lansing have been holding hearings on a legislative package misleadingly known as “Powering Michigan Forward” legislation. The package of bills was originally introduced in late 2019 and gained a bit of traction early this year before the COVID-19 pandemic sidelined many legislative efforts.
In mid-June, the Michigan House of Representatives held a hearing on its version of the legislation, following up on similar hearings held in the Michigan Senate earlier this year. Michigan’s local energy providers and several other stakeholders have testified in both the House and Senate hearings.
Michigan legislators were reminded of just how far Michigan has come since 2016 in expanding renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions—and of local energy providers’ plans to reach net zero emissions by mid-century. Legislators also heard about how local energy providers continue working to provide Michigan consumers with more green and clean energy options through Voluntary Green Pricing Programs that make renewable energy accessible to all Michiganders.
As of now, it seems unlikely the Powering Michigan Forward legislation will be moving forward itself anytime soon. That’s good news for local efforts to secure a cleaner, more sustainable energy future without sacrificing fairness, reliability, or affordability for anyone.
AMP was concerned this legislation would take Michigan in the wrong direction because it could:
As always, we will be keeping a close eye on this issue; we will let you know if anything changes and what you can do to help ensure Lansing maintains a balanced, smart approach to energy policy that impacts Michigan homes and businesses.