FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rep. Chris Kolb
Thursday, March 31, 2005 Phone: (517) 373-2577
Chris Kolb Asks Michigan Electric Service Providers to "Do the Right
Representative Chris Kolb Asks Michigan Electric Service Providers to "Do the Right Thing"
LANSING – State Representative Chris Kolb (D – Ann
Arbor) urged the electric service providers in Michigan to “do the right thing”
after the Michigan Public Service Commission’s (MPSC) order authorizing net
metering in Michigan. On
Net metering allows a utility customer who generates all or a portion of their electricity to put any excess power back on the grid and use its value as a credit against their total monthly utility bill. Net metering programs are in place in 37 states already and are meant to encourage the use of renewable energy and diversify the power grid among other important objectives.
“Clean renewable energy and distributed generation
are the future,” said Kolb. “Net
metering is an important step to reach that future and we need to do everything
we can to make sure the program is a success. This could be a wonderful opportunity
The MPSC set up a net metering framework with very few constraints or mandates. Electric service providers are free to set application fees and any administrative or accounting costs. They are free to determine if complex and costly second meters are needed and who pays for them. The providers also set the rates they will pay customers for the excess power they generate. Finally, they have the ability to define how large net metering systems can be and what renewable technologies are eligible.
“I challenge our electric service providers to
“A good mix of getting out the word and offering
incentives will ensure our net metering programs are a success and will go a
long way in safeguarding public health and the environment,” concluded
Kolb. “The MPSC and Chairman Peter
Lark have given these providers all the tools and encouragement they need to
The MPSC has given electric service providers 30
days to file their net metering plans with the Commission. Representative Chris Kolb encourages
careful review of these plans to help judge which