On May 1, Michigan EIBC member companies spread out across the Capitol to discuss advanced energy issues with Michigan’s legislature. Ten Michigan EIBC member companies sent eighteen people who gathered at Dykema’s offices bright and early to prepare for the busy day. Two teams met with members of the House Energy Committee, House and Senate Local Government Committees, House Tax Policy Committee, and Senate Finance Committee, as well as House and Senate leadership.
In meetings with more than 20 representatives, EIBC members discussed the benefits that their companies bring to Michigan communities, the need for tax certainty for advanced energy, and ongoing efforts to improve market opportunities and remove barriers for advanced energy deployment. Members expressed their support for two bills introduced by Rep. Barrett (HB 5143 and HB 5680) that were favorably voted out of the House Tax Policy Committee on May 2. We also expressed support for recently introduced bills (HB 5692 and HB 5693) that would remove the distributed generation tariff and return to net energy metering for rooftop solar customers. Overall, EIBC was well received by the legislators and we had many productive conversations.