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E-M:/ MEC Capitol Update - Deregulation of Electric Utilities



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Enviro-Mich message from James Clift <jamesmec@voyager.net>
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ATTENTION - THE HOUSE WILL PROBABLY VOTE ON DEREGULATION ON WEDNESDAY
MAY 31ST.  
THE BILL DOES LITTLE TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT.

The House Energy and Technology Committee began work on the deregulation
package this morning and adopted various technical and clarifying
amendments. The committee adjourned at the call of the chair.  The
committee will reconvene tonight after session (8:00 pm now and they are
still going).  They will likely report the bill tonight and run it all
the way in the House on Wednesday. 

Meetings were held this afternoon with representatives of the Governor,
the PSC, the utilities, industry representatives and legislative
staffers.  The administration opposed any additional environmental
provisions being included in the bill. 


What is in the bill:

Low-income assistance and energy efficiency trust fund - Language was
added that might provide some funding for low-income assistance and
energy efficiency but does not guarantee it.  The amount available could
be anywhere between $0 and $50 million dollars annually.

Disclosure - Utilities will have to disclose their sources of energy by
type and the relative emissions from those sources.

It is among the weakest bills in the country as far as environmental
protection goes. You can still make your voice heard.  Call your
representative and urge them to vote for provisions that would:

	- require the MDEQ regulate mercury

	- require the utilities to update pollution control equipment

	- require mandatory funding for energy efficiency. 


Contact info:

STATE LEGISLATURE HOMEPAGE:  http://michiganlegislature.org/
SEARCH FOR ANY BILL:         http://michiganlegislature.org/find.asp

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR LEGISLATIVE MEMBERS

HOUSE MEMBERS:   http://db.voyager.net/house/cgi-bin/house-query.cgi

SENATE MEMBERS:
http://www.state.mi.us/senate/IN2/Data/find_your_senator.htm

BIOGRAPHIES
HOUSE MEMBERS:   http://www.gongwer.com/biohse.html
SENATE MEMBERS:  http://www.gongwer.com/biosen.html

Prepared by:

James Clift
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette, Ste. 2A
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 487-9539

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