MI Senate Passes Energy Policy Bills in Lame Duck
The state Senate passed Senate Bills 437 & 438 on Thursday 11/10/16 during the first day of the lame duck session. As reported in our October Newsletter, MEECA’s lobbying efforts helped to move the original proposal from eliminating the energy optimization programs to now include the following requirements:
35% of electrical generation to come from a combination of energy efficiency and renewable energy by 2025 (up from current 1% energy efficiency and 10% renewable requirement that has already been achieved)
15% of electrical generation to come from renewable energy through 2021
Financial incentives spending caps at the lower of 20% of net cost reduction for customer (current 25%) or 25% of program spending (current 15%)
Creation of new Integrated Resource Plan process requiring utilities to submit multi-year generation and energy efficiency plans to the Michigan Public Service Commission.
The bill now moves to the state House for debate during the remaining days of the closed-door lame duck session. The House is on a 2 week break for hunting season and Thanksgiving holiday.
Networking with MEECA Members, Energy Business Leaders and Legislators
MEECA representative were thrilled to attend the Michigan Energy Innovator Gala presented by the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (MiEIBC). The MiEIBC has been a MEECA member for over 2 years and we are proud to have another MEECA member, Walker-Miller Energy Services honored with the Employer of the Year Award. Congratulations to all the award winners, and compliments to MiEIBC for hosting the excellent event.
Sally Talberg, Chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission, spoke at Gala about the Integrated Resource Plan and elimination of spending caps for energy efficiency programs included in the approved Senate bills.
Now Hiring: Executive Director
The MEECA Board of Directors are working to hire a part-time Executive Director to lobby on behalf of our membership and help with our organizations administrative matters. All enquiries should contact Todd O’Grady.
Register now for the MEECA Gala taking place on Thursday March 2, 2017 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. Some Event and Table Top Sponsorships are still available, contact Shelley Sullivan to get them while they last!