January 23, 2008
Dr. Martin Kushler, Americans for an Energy Efficient Economy: 517-256-5380
Gayle Miller, Sierra Club
Economy, environment win under today’s House efficiency, renewable legislation
votes advance plan to put
“This package is a tangible and positive step toward weaning
The bills would establish the state’s first energy efficiency
programming in more than a decade. Each utility will establish plans for
reducing energy use by 1% per year. The programs will engage
The bills also require electric utilities to generate at least 10 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2015.
If passed and signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, the legislation would
Independent studies show clearly that efficiency and renewables are
better economic drivers and job creators than traditional coal power plants. A
study released late last year by the American Council for and Energy-Efficient
Economy (ACEEE) concluded that appropriate legislation in
“Efficiency is the cheapest, cleanest, and fastest way for
The bills were shepherded to passage in a bi-partisan manner under House Energy Committee Chairman Frank Accavitti, with the key work done by committee members Kathy Angerer (D) and Paul Opsommer (R). The bill was voted out by a near-unanimous 17-1 margin. Voting yes were Accavitti, Jeff Mayes, Angerer, Terry Brown, Ed Clemente, Kate Ebli, Hoon-Yung Hopgood, Ted Hammon, LaMar Lemmons, Steven Lindberg, Tim Melton, Fred Miller, Mike Nofs, John Garfield, Ken Horn, Opsommer, and David Palsrok.
Voting no was Rep. John Moolenaar. Absent was Rep. Bill Huizenga.
Today’s House legislation contrasts sharply with a recent proposed
Senate Republican renewable energy plan which would rely on voluntary programs
and result in little to no economic development for the state. Proponents
of the House plan argue it is critical for
Across the nation, dozens of proposed coal plants were scrapped in 2007 because of excessive cost to ratepayers; excessive air pollution and global warming gas emissions; determinations that the alternative energy sources and conservation measures were cheaper and more efficient; and voter rejection.