MCEF urges MPSC to protect Upper Peninsula ratepayers, highlights transmission solutions, jobs during public hearing in Marquette
MARQUETTE — Joanna Lewis, program administrator of the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum (MCEF), delivered public commentary today in Marquette at the final hearing held by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) on Integrated Resource Plan requirements.
The MPSC is developing guidelines for utility Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) as required under the state’s new energy laws. Utilities will use the parameters determined by the MPSC to develop IRPs that address demand response, energy waste reduction, environmental requirements, supply sufficiency, and other considerations.
“Electric rates in the Upper Peninsula are excessive – placing an immense burden on hardworking families and small business owners,” said Lewis. “The U.P. deserves cost-effective solutions that improve infrastructure and make use of new technologies to ensure consistent access to affordable energy around the clock.
“Improving and extending the Upper Peninsula’s transmission lines will help alleviate the challenges facing northern Michigan. While the long-term goal should be to retain Michigan’s competitiveness, create jobs, and draw investment to our state through homegrown clean energy production, we must act now to ensure that all residents have the cheapest and cleanest power that they demand. We can achieve this through transmission – by bringing in wind energy from other states, or even hydropower from Canada. It is up to the MPSC to ensure that utilities consider transmission in their IRPs.”
Lewis concludes: “Residential ratepayers, especially those here today and throughout the rest of the Upper Peninsula, are often left without a voice in the decision-making process. We must not forget our responsibility to these individuals. MCEF looks forward to working with the MPSC to hold utilities accountable to all Michiganders and to ensure Michigan ratepayers receive affordable, reliable, and clean energy for years to come.”
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 clean 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/