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E-M:/ Michigan Environmental Council Capitol Update 3-28-08

The Senate yesterday passed SB 1000 that would require the Department of Management and Budget to purchase 3 percent of renewable electrical energy by Jan. 1, 10 percent by 2010, 20 percent by 2020 and 25 percent by 2025. The purchase requirement will exist as long as renewable energy costs within 5 percent of non-renewable energy.

The package also includes a mandate to utilities to offer voluntary programs with a tax break for people who sign up.

Although SB 1000 is a first good step, the package as a whole will do virtually nothing to jump start a clean energy economy and attract energy manufacturers to Michigan.   Michigan is missing this opportunity by failing to join the 24 other states that have required their utilities to provide a set percentage of energy from renewable sources.  The legislature needs to put serious attention to this issue when they return from break, both to protect our environment and to put Michigan’s manufacturing base back to work.

Both the House and Senate will be on break next week.



SB 1000 – A bill to require that the state purchase a certain portion of its energy from renewable facilities – growing from 3% in 2009 to 25% by 2020.

SB 1040 – A bill to provide an income tax credit of up to $200 for people that enrolled in voluntary renewable energy programs.

SB 1041 – A bill to require all utilities to offer renewable energy programs.

On the floor:

HB 5607 – A bill to allow disabled individual using boat with motor in waterway prohibiting motorized watercraft.


SR 156 - A resolution to encourage the Office of Financial and Insurance Regulations to work cooperatively with all stakeholders to facilitate the offering of insurance discounts for alternative energy vehicles in Michigan.


SB 1126 – The bill would amend the Michigan Strategic Fund Act to require the Fund to identify, publish, and market an inventory of prime sites for the location of renewable fuel plants with existing industrial facilities having byproducts that renewable fuel plants could use to produce energy in this State.


SB 1128 – A bill to create publication regarding procedures and requirements for establishment of renewable fuel plants.


SB 1129 – A bill to create specialty plate for alternative fuel and earmark funds into alternative fuels fund.


SB 1130 – A bill to create the alternative fuels fund.


SB 1132 – A bill to extend the sunset on the renewable fuels commission and expand powers and duties of commission.


SB 727, SB 858, 859 and SB 860 – Bills to implement water use regulation required under the proposed Great Lakes Compact.


SB 212 – A bill to have Michigan ratify the proposed Great lakes Compact.


SB 723 – A bill to define the scope of the Water Resources Conservation Committee moving forward. 

SCR 27 - A concurrent resolution to urge the Great Lakes states to resist changes to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and to adopt the compact as presented in December 2005.

SR 154 - A resolution to urge the Great Lakes states to resist changes to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and to adopt the compact as presented in December 2005.


SB 1037 - A bill to provide for the sale of certain municipal forest prime lands and allow for the relinquishment of reverter


1078-1083 – Bills to revise procedures to approve annexation petition for cities, villages, and townships. (SB 379-384 as passed the Senate in 2003)

HB 5100 - A bill to include agricultural crops in definition of renewable energy facility for renaissance zones purposes.

HB 4597 - A bill to provide for hunting on Department of Natural Resources controlled land.

SB 427 – A bill to provide a process for utilities to follow before building new facilities or entering into purchase power agreements, and to provide competitive bidding in that process.  (Discharged from Committee)

SB 947 - A comprehensive energy bill that would set a renewable energy standard, establish an energy efficiency program and set forth a process for building new energy capacity. (Discharged from Committee)

SB 385 – A bill to require that utilities provide a certain amount of their energy from renewable sources – starting at 7% by 2009, up to 20% by 2020.

In committees:




On the floor:

Water package:

HB 4343 – A bill which would adopt the proposed Great Lakes Compact in Michigan.

HB 5065 - Regulate water withdrawals and water diversions.

HB 5066 - Modify certain registration and reporting requirements for water withdrawals and require conservation measures.

HB 5067 - Enhance enforcement of water withdrawal regulations.

HB 5068 - Regulate water withdrawal.

HB 5069 - Provide for a water withdrawal assessment tool.

HB 5070 - Modify authority for water users committees and local ordinances.

HB 5071 - Require evaluation of certain proposed waterworks systems.

HB 5072 - Regulate bottled water facilities.

HB 5073 - Provide department of environmental quality with rule-making

HR 294 - A resolution to urge the Great Lakes states to reject changes to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and enact it as presented in December 2005.

HCR 76 - A concurrent resolution to urge the Great Lakes states to reject changes to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and enact it as presented in December 2005.


Energy Package:

HB 5525 – This bill establishes an energy efficiency program in Michigan.  Utilities would be required to implement programs that would reduce energy use over time, or contribute to a fund which would be used for the same purpose.

HB 5548/5549 – These bills establish a renewable energy program that requires utilities to provide 10% of their energy from renewable sources by 2015. 

HB 5383 –  Allows the establishment of member-regulated electric co-ops reducing the oversight by the Public service commissions over rates and terms of service.  


HR 309 - A resolution to memorialize the Congress of the United States to enact strong legislation to end the flow of new aquatic invasive species into the Great Lakes from ballast water.

HR 89 - A resolution to encourage the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Public Service Commission to promote the Safe Passage Initiative.

HB 5865 – A bill to create and provide for funds for a Michigan promotion program to promote tourism.

HB 5866 – A bill to provide for the sale of residual interest for bonds issued in the  Michigan tobacco settlement finance authority act and to have the proceeds deposited in the Michigan Promotional Program.

HB 5867 – A bill to provide for the deposit and disposition of additional tobacco bond proceeds into the Michigan Promotional Program.


HB 4703 – A bill to designate the northern spring peeper as the official state amphibian


HB 4820- A bill to exempt from permit requirements under certain circumstances application of oil field brine to county roads.


HB 5677- A bill to include in the definition of agricultural use maple syrup production.

HB 5678- A bill to exempt from personal property tax maple syrup equipment.

HB 5679- A bill to designate maple syrup producers as food processing plants.

HB 5680- A bill to classify maple syrup production areas as agricultural property.


SB 47 – a bill to create water improvement tax increment financing authorities. 

SB 338 – A bill to expand the use of gift cards issued by department of natural resources.

HB 5331 – A bill to eliminate participation licenses for bear and bobcat hunting.

HB 5031 - a bill to designate deer hunting season for certain disabled veterans to correspond with the special youth hunt.

HB 4052 – This bill would exempt from the Land Division Act property that would remain perpetually in an undeveloped state undeveloped under a conservation easement.

HB 4685 – Requires the MDEQ and MDA to prepare a booklet explaining environmental statute requirements that apply to farming operations. 

HB 4222 – A bill that would provide a formula for the distribution of any trash surcharge fees authorized by the legislature.

HB 4484 – A bill to amend the Solid Waste planning process for counties.

In committee:



Submitted by:

James Clift

Michigan Environmental Council

119 Pere Marquette, Ste 2A

Lansing, MI 48912

(517) 487-9539