LANSING — Today, in response to the state legislature’s passage of a comprehensive energy package that increases the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 15 percent, improves energy efficiency programs and positions Michigan to expand its clean energy economy, members of the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum (MCEF) Leadership Council issued the following statements:

“We applaud the Michigan Legislature for passing legislation that will ensure Michigan maintains an ‘all of the above’ energy policy for years to come,” said Larry Ward, Executive Director of MCEF. “By increasing the state’s successful renewable energy standard, this legislation will help to further strengthen and diversify our energy mix, rein in costs and protect ratepayers and small businesses from the price volatility of traditional fuel sources. By passing SB 437 and 438, Michigan is better positioned today than it was yesterday to compete for jobs and investment in our nation's clean energy transition."

“The Michigan Legislature has shown great leadership today,” said Hank Fuhs, Secretary of the Michigan GOPand MCEF Leadership Council Member. “This bipartisan energy legislation will help spur investment in the state’s growing renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, attract good-paying local jobs, and improve our economy.”

“We applaud the legislature for taking action to improve the language protecting net metering policy," said Ed Rivet, one of Michigan’s top conservative political activists and MCEF Leadership Council Member. “While this is a step in the right direction for the solar industry, we still have more work ahead of us to protect the trajectory of renewable energy in Michigan, and to ensure the growth of our energy economy and that ratepayer’s benefit for generations to come.”

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About MCEF: The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum is an organization comprised of conservatives who believe that Michigan should adopt a true “All of the Above” energy policy that includes an increase in our commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency. MCEF believes encouraging diverse and local energy production and reduced energy waste will create jobs and stimulate Michigan’s economy, reduce our reliance on foreign energy, improve our national security, and protect our valuable natural resources. http://www.micef.org/

 

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