Democratic Lawmakers Pitch Energy Legislation Package

(WLNS) – A group of Democratic Michigan lawmakers today rolled out a package of bills they claim will continue to grow the state’s clean energy sector. The group says the goal of the bills is to continue to grow jobs, cut costs and protect the health of Michigan’s citizens.

East Lansing Representative Sam Singh says the package is an opportunity to grow the Michigan businesses already manufacturing energy efficient appliances, windows, wind turbines and solar panels.
Singh adds that Michigan’s current clean energy policy expires this year.

The four key points of the “Powering Michigan’s Future” legislation would:

• Increase Michigan’s renewable energy standard to 20% by 2022
• Double the energy efficiency standard
• Eliminate the renewable energy surcharge
• Control energy costs and ensure reliability and affordability

Representative Bill LaVoy of Monroe says Michigan has the highest energy costs in the region and managing those costs in critical to growing the state’s economy. State Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood of Taylor is the Democratic vice chairman of the Senate Energy and Technology Committee. “Expanding our use of renewable energy and energy efficiency will build upon our manufacturing strength, talent and know-how,” said Sen. Hopgood.

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