Thank you for your cooperation in getting this legislation through the Senate. Before we take too many bows though, I want to remind you that of the 27 or 28 states similarly committed to systematic development of alternative energy, Michigan is among the more timid, due largely to backward-thinking Senate Republicans. We'll see how this pans out in future election cycles.
-- Jim Lang
> Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 15:19:47 -0400
> From: SenMBishop@senate.michigan.gov
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: Re: MOVE Strong Clean Energy Legislation NOW!
> As the United States moves towards establishing an energy future less dependent upon foreign resources with increased investment in alternative fuels, so too can Michigan promote energy independence and investment in our state infrastructure with the passage of House Bill 5524 and Senate Bill 213.
> The passage of House Bill 5524 and Senate Bill 213 represents a deliberative and thoughtful action on the part of the Senate.
> The energy package gives Michigan job providers the ability to plan for their future business and energy needs and helps protect Michigan’s long-term economic interests. The bill creates a RPS of 10 percent and makes Michigan’s the most aggressive business opt-out program in the country by encouraging companies to meet the renewable standard through net metering, energy optimization and advanced clean technologies.
> This aggressive energy policy gives state businesses the flexibility to meet a targeted and integrated renewable energy standard while minimizing potential rate increases. In addition, the bill includes a net metering provision for individuals, which allows more Michigan residents to become self-reliant and lower their own energy costs.
> Increases related to RPS are capped at $3 a month and must be clearly identified on a customer’s bill. Moreover, the legislation provides a 25 percent tax credit for rate increases that occur as a result of the RPS for the first three years and offers a tax credit of 10 percent, or up to $100, for certain residents who purchase energy efficient products.
> This legislation goes a long way to embrace a vision for Michigan to ensure we’re competitive in the 21st century and sets forth a course by which to secure that vision.
> Thank you for your continued interest in this issue. I have been contacted by a number of residents throughout Michigan and I appreciate your willingness to be involved in the democratic process.
> Michael D. Bishop
> Senate Majority Leader
> State Senator, 12th District
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