Freedom Fund executive director Tony Daunt was a guest on the Steve Gruber radio program. He and Steve discuss the current utility-pushed energy legislation.Read more
It could happen next week.
The state legislature is back in Lansing this month and the top priority for a veritable army of special interests and lobbyists is the passage of a sweeping and costly energy reform package designed to kill electric choice and dramatically raise rates on Michigan families.
Lawmakers should reject it once and for all.Read more
Crain's Detroit published an article Sunday that references legislation aimed at ending electric choice. It deserves our attention.
Only two of 10 active alternative-energy suppliers in Michigan could qualify to serve electricity customers in the state's 10 percent choice program under legislation sponsored by Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, unless they make major investments that would likely make the business unprofitable.
Electric choice is in jeopardy.
This week, the Senate Energy and Technology Committee is meeting to discuss the most recent versions of Senate Bills 437 and 438.Read more
Several weeks ago, our own Greg McNeilly wrote in the Detroit News about the effect corporate cronyism is having on the price Michiganders pay at the electric meter.
DTE and Consumers Energy last year raised rates on families by $364 million a year, and are back again with hundreds of millions more in planned rate hikes. At the same time, the monopoly energy providers have spent over $4 million pushing Senate Bill 437 – the Nofs-Nesbitt energy plan—in the state legislature trying to outlaw electric choice.
Not surprisingly, a couple former lawmakers came to the utilities defense, claiming calls of “corporate cronyism” are “just a distraction.”
In a recent letter to the Detroit News, former Michigan Senate Majority Leaders Randy Richardville and Ken Sikkema respond to our Detroit News Op-ed (McNeilly: Utilities Work to Stifle Energy Choice, Boost Rates). Richardville and Sikkema argue that our use of the term "cronyism" is "just a distraction" and "counterproductive."
Their response is dismissive of the facts.