What’s Up in Lansing: Fuel Diversity

For a quick look back at the topics we’ve covered in our series on the current energy legislation landscape in Lansing, check out these previous posts: electric deregulation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

Today, we take a look at how each of the major energy plans tackles the issue of fuel diversity.

Governor Snyder’s Plan

Governor Rick Snyder’s energy plan looks to fuel diversity as a key driver of future power reliability in Michigan.

During his March address outlining his energy plan, the Governor discussed our state’s urgent need for a diverse fuel supply if we are to meet the growing energy demands of Michigan’s families and businesses. Snyder stated in this address that our “mission is to build a foundation of adaptability – that means that regardless of what the future holds, our energy system will be able to support all our needs.”

The Governor also sees fuel diversity as a way to “ensure Michigan’s future energy decisions are made in Michigan.” His plan would address fuel diversity sooner rather than later, so that Michigan—not Washington, D.C.—controls our state’s energy future.

During his speech, Governor Snyder explored several different resource mix scenarios for Michigan’s future. After doing so, he stated that once “you start looking at possible futures,” you see why Michigan needs to be adaptable, since no one can predict which future we will “actually come to see.”

Committee Chair Plans—Nesbitt and Nofs

In addition to Governor Snyder’s plan, the chairmen of the major energy committees in the Michigan legislature also have proposed plans of their own:

The Nesbitt and Nofs plans focus more on how a diverse fuel supply—as provided by IRPs—will help keep costs low, while Governor Snyder focuses more on how a comprehensive resource mix will ensure long-term reliability.

Other Plans

There are several other energy plans and bills currently under consideration in Lansing—including a renewable energy plan introduced by statehouse Democrats—that focus on issues other than fuel diversity.

Looking Ahead

A diverse fuel supply is not a luxury for Michigan—it is a necessity. Given our growing electricity demands and the looming closures of several coal-fired power plants due to federal regulations, it just makes sense to use as many resources as we can to ensure reliability and affordability. Diversifying Michigan’s fuel supply will also help move our state forward on our sustainability and environmental goals.

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