Last week, the Michigan Senate voted to subject Michigan ratepayers to an Obama/Granholm vision of energy policy that strengthens monopolies and increases government mandates while strangling customer choice and competition. Coming just two days after Donald Trump shocked the world with his victory over Hillary Clinton, their vote to approve Senate Bills 437 and 438 were a tone-deaf response to voters who loudly voiced their opposition to insider establishment deals that put government interests ahead of the people. Voters are tired of business as usual by their elected leaders and will surely be ready to repeat this message in 2018 for those who didn’t get it the first time.Read more
11,000 customers are waiting for it
A recent email sums up the public’s concept of the electricity choice debate quite well.
I have never understood anything about the “choice” question on electricity. What choice? I have lived in Michigan since 1996 and paid my electricity bill every month for the past 20 years. I’ve never had “choice.” I get a bill and it’s always Consumers Energy. I get that other people get Detroit Edison. But you don’t get a “choice.”
That is real life for the vast majority of people and businesses in Michigan. A monthly electric bill arrives from one of the two big utilities and you pay it — wash, rinse, repeat. Simple. Right?
Actually, there is a good deal more to the issue of “electricity choice.”Read more
Support Energy Choice
Michigan's current energy market is a corporate monopoly, and it's wreaking havoc on our economy and ratepayers’ wallets. Since the 2008 cap of 10% on choice, Michigan families paid more than $12.5 billion in above-market rates!
Worst of all? Your rates don’t have to be that high, but Michigan’s failed monopoly-style electric regulation has shot prices through the roof while making the utilities a fortune.
Please sign the petition now to support lower rates and bring competition back to Michigan’s energy market!
- Michigan’s electric rates have increased 39.3% since the state abandoned electric choice in 2008.
- Nationally, rates increased only 10.3% at the same time.
- Michigan’s monopoly system costs consumers $3 billion more than the regional average.
- The cap on choice has cost the state 21,000 jobs per year, since 2008.