On Thursday, November 6, Michigan’s legislators on the House Energy Policy Committee voted to pass Chairman Aric Nesbitt’s legislation out of committee, signaling their support for a Michigan-first energy plan. The full House will now take up consideration of the bill.
This is welcome news for the AMP community—thank you for all your hard work and support in helping us achieve this victory!
Representative Aric Nesbitt led a day-long session addressing amendments to his updated bill. During the proceedings, Valerie Brader of the Michigan Agency for Energy provided expert testimony on the technical aspects of several of the amendments. Governor Snyder was quick to praise the committee for its effort and signaled his hopes for a resolution this year, saying, “This is a great step in the process and I’m hopeful we can build upon the good work being done in both chambers to get this done by the end of the year.”
The bill has come a long way from its beginnings, and amendments have sought to balance a range of priorities.
Right now, we expect the full House vote to happen after Thanksgiving—so we still have some work to do to urge our Representatives to pass this vital legislation over the coming weeks.
Meanwhile the Senate Energy Committee will need to pass their bill out of committee so it can be voted on by the full Senate. Once both chambers have passed their respective bills, they will work to reconcile their bills into one piece of legislation for the Governor’s approval.
We still have a ways to go on making an affordable, reliable, and sustainable Michigan-first energy policy a reality, but this is a positive sign that legislators are moving in the right direction.
Again, we’d like to thank the AMP community for keeping up the pressure on legislators. All your calls, emails, and letters really are making a difference!
Stay tuned as we roll up our sleeves and continue fighting for a true Michigan-first energy policy.