LANSING, Mich. — After the Michigan Legislature passed the Michigan Comprehensive Energy Plan on Thursday, Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, issued the following statement:
“Michigan needs an energy policy that helps ensure the availability of clean, affordable and reliable energy for families and job providers throughout our state.
“This is a positive step for Michigan consumers, yet we still have work to do.
“With this reform, we will help make sure that Michigan has the cost-efficient power needed to fuel economic growth and job creation, meet our current and future energy needs and continue to make our state attractive to families and small businesses.”
Senate Bills 437 and 438 would require utility companies to competitively bid for new generation projects; require providers to follow strict rules to ensure they have enough energy to meet demand; incentivize energy waste reduction programs; empower customers utilizing electric choice; and continue the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard program.