Importance of reliable supply, affordability common themes in statewide energy discussion
Fifth forum on Michigan’s readiness strategy today in Detroit
– Heading into the fifth of seven public forums on “Readying Michigan to Make Good Energy Decisions,” the 4,500-member Michigan Jobs and Energy Coalition (MJEC) today underscored the timeliness of Gov. Rick Snyder’s decision to provide an arena for an open, results-driven discussion on statewide energy policy.
“The responsibility of Michigan-based utilities is to deliver the most reliable service, at the lowest possible cost, to the most number of Michigan families, businesses and communities,” said Brad Williams of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “Michigan must grow to not just survive, but thrive."
“Michigan’s electricity providers are committed to doing their part, and this is why we (at the Detroit Regional Chamber) are supportive of Governor Snyder's process that is looking to figure out the right mix for Michigan.”
The information collected at each of the hearings will support and guide lawmakers, as well as the Snyder administration, as they continue to develop reasonable regulatory policies that will lay the groundwork for a more predictable electric market in Michigan.
Today’s session is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at NextEnergy, 461 Burroughs St., in Detroit.
The MJEC – bolstered by groups and organizations such as the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Manufacturers Association and the Michigan Regional Council of Millwrights and Carpenters – supports a comprehensive, fact-based review of Michigan’s regulatory policy, recognizing the delicate but important balance between affordability, reliability, price stability and a diverse set of energy sources.
Along those same lines, the MJEC has committed its support to Michigan’s 54 utilities, a group that includes DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, 41 municipal electric companies and 11 electric cooperatives. Our Michigan-based electricity providers generate, transmit and distribute power to millions of families and businesses statewide.
Michigan’s current energy policy has provided regulatory certainty to encourage investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy. DTE and Consumers Energy are investing billions of dollars in renewable energy and hundreds of millions in environmental upgrades to their facilities as a result of the state’s comprehensive energy plan.
The aforementioned energy plan, which allows up to 10 percent of the energy market to be served by out-of-state energy companies, was established to protect customers from shouldering more than their fair share of fixed energy costs. Fixed energy costs include investment the state’s hometown providers have already made to provide affordable, reliable power to all Michigan residents.
“The state’s 10 percent cap on deregulation provides regulatory and financial certainty for energy providers to make substantial investments in utility operations and job creation – two very important economic drivers the state cannot afford to overlook,” Williams said.
The final two forums on energy readiness will be held April 12 at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, and April 22 at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.
The Michigan Jobs & Energy Coalition (MJEC) supports energy laws that adapt to the changing needs of customers and the availability, reliability and affordability of energy sources, in addition to the construction of new baseload power plants and renewable energy facilities and energy policies that create jobs and improve Michigan’s economy.
The MJEC is comprised of Michigan’s major utilities, electric cooperatives and municipal electricity providers; major business organizations and industrial customers; labor organizations; economic development interests; and renewable energy and energy efficiency advocates, and many others.