Energy Freedom package promotes energy choices, independence

LANSING — State Representatives Tom Barrett (R-Potterville), Scott Dianda (D-Calumet), Gary Glenn (R-Williams Township), Steven Johnson (R-Wayland), and Yousef Rahbi (D-Ann Arbor) today introduced a package of bills to simplify the process for Michigan ratepayers to offset their energy costs by producing their own renewable energy. Larry Ward, executive director of the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum (MCEF), issued the following statement in support of the bipartisan energy legislation.

“The Energy Freedom bill package will protect the Michigan ratepayer who wants to invest their own capital to produce their own energy on their own property. When individuals, businesses and organizations generate renewable energy, they benefit the grid and all other electricity consumers. This bill package will help guarantee that they have the freedom to do just that. MCEF commends this legislation.”

These bills will ensure that Michigan residents, businesses and organizations receive a fair and competitive price for energy they contribute to the grid. By bringing a degree of freedom to the energy market and removing regulatory red tape, they will stimulate Michigan’s economy, diversify our energy sources, and protect our valuable natural resources.

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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 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

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