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Michigan Environmental Council statement on Rep. Nesbitt's energy package

Mar 5, 2015
March 5, 2015

The Michigan Environmental Council issued the following statement in response to the package of energy bills revealed today by Rep. Aric Nesbitt:

These bills take a number of steps in the wrong direction as it pertains to Michigan residents. First they eliminate energy optimization standards that require utilities to assist customers to reduce their use of electricity. What we have learned since 2008 when these programs were adopted is that we can teach residents and businesses how to eliminate energy waste at a fraction of the cost it takes to generate the energy. On average ratepayers save $3.75 for every $1.00 spent on these programs. Repealing this program is a step in the wrong direction.

The bills also place the health of Michigan residents at risk by encouraging the burning of waste such as scrap tires, coal waste, asphalt and treated railroad ties as renewable energy. These wastes derived from fossil fuels should not be classified as renewable energy, which has a high likelihood of misleading customers on the nature of what is being labeled "renewable" by their electricity provider.
Andy McGlashen: 517-420-1908
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