Bills introduced in the House and Senate would eliminate the requirement for energy optimization programs and freeze the renewal portfolio standard at its current level. Such an approach ignores available information and would undo the success Michigan has experienced over the past seven years.
Energy optimization programs have saved customers money every year since 2009. Overall program expenditures of $1.1 billion from 2010 to 2014 are estimated to achieve lifetime savings to all customers of $4.2 billion, and investments made in 2014 will generate $4.38 in savings for every dollar spent. Bills introduced in the state House and Senate ignore available information on Michigan’s energy policy and would undo the success the state has experienced in recent years. It would be a mistake to revoke clear standards that have provided certainty for investors and the market, resulted in billions of dollars of investment, saved Michigan families and businesses money on their utility bills, and helped to grow the manufacturing sector, especially when those standards enjoy broad, bipartisan public support.
In the News
Op-Ed: Lawmakers should keep state energy standards strong
Bills introduced in the state House and Senate ignore available information on Michigan’s energy policy and would undo the success the state has experienced in recent years, writes Liesl Eichler Clark, president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council. Read More
Crain’s Detroit Business: Snyder must take lead on energy issues
The Lansing debate on replacing Michigan’s 2008 energy law is heating up, but it’s been hard for the general public to follow. Legislation currently pending would eliminate the renewable standard and mandate for energy efficiency programs. Separate bills would either continue or eliminate choice of an electricity provider. Here’s a rundown on the three main issues. Read More
Letters of Support
Michigan Corporations in Support of Clean Energy
As global companies with operations, employees, and customers in Michigan, we are writing today to communicate our concerns regarding several energy bills under consideration, which we believe would have a significant negative impact on the availability of a clean and diversified energy supply in Michigan. Access to renewable energy and energy efficiency are critical to our businesses, and we urge the legislature to maintain existing laws related to clean energy resources. We further request that any future changes be made through a public engagement process that includes stakeholders from the business community and the Public Service Commission.
Letter to the governor
Letter to the legislature
Michigan Agri-Business Association
As agricultural leaders in Michigan, we are writing to share our deep concern about the future of energy efficiency programs in our state. Legislation introduced both in the House and Senate would end the existing Energy Optimization Standard found in P.A. 295 of 2008. We believe that clear statutory authority requiring utilities to offer energy efficiency programs is critical to ensure these programs remain available.
A recent report issued by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) indicates that for every dollar spent on energy efficiency programs, customers save an estimated $4.38. Overall energy efficiency programs are expected to save Michigan utility customers $4.2 billion. Read More
Clean Energy Business Leaders
As employers and major electricity customers in Michigan, the undersigned companies write today to raise concerns over the energy policy language of SB 437 and 438, which we believe would have a significant negative impact on the availability of a clean and diversified energy supply in the state. Read More
Employers and Trade Associations
We, the undersigned employers and trade associations – representing thousands of jobs within this state - strongly oppose any effort to eliminate Michigan’s successful and cost-effective Energy Optimization (EO) standard. Since its creation in the 2008 energy law, Michigan’s EO standard has helped tens of thousands of Michigan businesses reduce energy costs and improve their overall competitiveness, lowered energy rates by reducing the need for costly new generation, and saved ratepayers $2.5 billion since 2011. Read More