Update: Michigan House of Representatives Stops Bad Energy Policy

The state House worked late into the night on Friday December 18 to vote down a bill from the state Senate that would have sidestepped recent energy reforms in favor of catering to dirty coal interests. Although the measure was supported and pushed by Speaker of the House, Andy Dillon, members of the House voted down a bill that would have recklessly handicapped the DEQ’s permitting responsibilities. The bill also blatantly ignored non-partisan recommendations from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) by encouraging the construction of new baseload power plants.  Recent MPSC reports of Michigan’s energy needs clearly found there is no need for such plants.

Thanks to some swift action by the environmental community and concerned citizens, the bill was defeated and referred to conference committee, and no action will be taken until next year.

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