EVs at the 2019 Auto Show; Michigan Legislature Announces Committee Assignments

Detroit Auto Show Features EVs and Advanced Mobility Solutions

This week Detroit plays host to the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The event, which runs from January 14 to January 27, attracts automakers from all over the world to showcase the latest innovations in the industry.
In this year’s iteration of the Auto Show, electric vehicles have been featured prominently alongside a shift toward automated, shared, and connected mobility solutions. General Motors announced that it will expand its electric vehicle offerings to include Buick, Cadillac, and Chevrolet and Cadillac unveiled its first electric crossover SUV. Also this week, Ford and Volkswagen announced a partnership to produce self-driving electric vehicles.
The industry focus on advanced mobility, including electric vehicles, runs in parallel with significant progress in Michigan’s public sector efforts to support advanced mobility solutions, including a decision last week by the Michigan Public Service Commission to approve an electric vehicle charging pilot program proposed by Consumers Energy. The pilot program will provide $10 million for electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Michigan.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer visited the Auto Show this week and underscored the opportunity Michigan has to lead, commenting that: “Michigan is the center of research and development and innovation. You know, connected vehicles, autonomous. This is where mobility of the future is going to continue to be lead from and any company in the mobility space should continue to make a big investment here.”

House and Senate Energy Committee Assignments Announced

The Michigan House of Representatives committee assignments were announced this week following the announcement of Michigan Senate committee assignments earlier this month. Members of the House Energy Committee and Senate Energy & Technology Committee are listed below. A full list of House committee assignments and Senate committee assignments are also available. Michigan EIBC looks forward to working with all of the committee members to continue to make Michigan a leader in the advanced energy industry in 2019 and beyond.

House Energy Committee


  • Bellino (Chair)
  • Wendzel (Vice Chair)
  • Alexander
  • Frederick
  • Lower
  • Filler
  • Markkanen
  • Mueller
  • O’Malley
  • Schroeder


  • Lasinski (Minority Vice Chair)
  • Sneller
  • T. Carter
  • Haadsma
  • Kuppa
  • Manoogian
  • Shannon

Senate Energy & Technology Committee


  • Lauwers (Chair)
  • Horn (Vice Chair)
  • LaSata
  • Nesbitt
  • Barrett
  • Bumstead
  • Outman


  • McCann (Minority Vice Chair)
  • Brinks
  • McMorrow

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Michigan Energy Events  

The North American International Auto Show is Jan. 14-27 in Detroit.

You are cordially invited to participate in the first meeting of the Third-Party Community Energy Projects Workgroup. The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 10 o’clock in the Lake Michigan Hearing Room of the Commission Office at 7109 West Saginaw Highway in Lansing. The meeting content will also be available remotely. A website with information regarding this workgroup (including agendas and contacts) may be found at https://www.michigan.gov/mpsc/0,4639,7-159-16393-484912–,00.html.

Michigan EIBC members and legislators are invited to save the date for the Institute for Energy Innovation’s Energy 101 event for legislators on February 20th at the Michigan Municipal League (208 N. Capitol Ave, Lansing; basement room) from 12:00 – 3:30pm. 

Join Michigan EIBC on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 for our 7th Annual Member Meeting at the MSU Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center. 

National Energy Events    
Attend the Smart Cities International Symposium & Exhibition Jan. 22-24 in Chicago.

On January 23, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois, the Great Plains Institute and the diverse participants of the Midcontinent Transportation Electrification Collaborative (MTEC) will host a Transportation Electrification Summit.

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Winter Policy Summit is February 10-13, 2019 in Washingtion DC. Click here for more information.

The 12th annual Storage Week is February 25-27 in San Francisco.

The Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit is March 19-21 in San Diego.
Attend the Midwest Renewable Energy Summit on April 16-18, 2019, in Chicago, IL.