Governor signs comprehensive energy plan

LANSING, Mich. The Michigan Comprehensive Energy Plan legislation, sponsored by Sen. Mike Nofs and Sen. John Proos, was signed on Wednesday by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The legislation has been in the works for more than two years and updates key provisions of the state’s current energy laws.

“I would like to thank everyone for their hard work to protect Michigan ratepayers, support jobs for hardworking Michigan families and ensure clean, safe and reliable electricity into the future,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek, chair of the Senate Energy and Technology Committee. “This package establishes a strong foundation for Michigan’s next-generation energy policy.

“This legislation is the culmination of several years of work. This package is not about what’s best for a few companies, organizations, or individuals, it’s about what’s best for the entire state of Michigan.”

Nofs said the plan puts Michigan consumers first and will empower the state to determine which fuels are most cost-effective to meet current and future energy needs and goals.

“With this reform, all consumers in Michigan will have the assurance that the lights will turn on and that we will use a mix of the best and most affordable fuels,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph, vice chair of the Senate Energy and Technology Committee. “Customers now will also be able to utilize technology — such as an iPod or iPhone — to control their thermostats, washers and dryers when energy is the cheapest — through voluntary demand response programs. Not only will this package secure Michigan’s energy reliability, but it will give customers control of their energy bills.

“I want to thank Senator Nofs for his leadership on putting together a fair and comprehensive plan that provides for fairness, adaptability, reliability and competitively priced clean energy.”

Senate Bills 437 and 438 are now Public Acts 341 and 342 of 2016.

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Editor’s note: The above photograph is available by clicking on the image or by visiting Proos’ photowire at www.SenatorJohnProos.com/Photowire.