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Wednesday, 17 February 2016 17:24

Letter: Lawmakers out of touch on energy policy

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Letter: Lawmakers out of touch on energy policy

Reprinted from Battle Creek Equirer, Letter to the Editor, February 9 2016

 

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Our U.S. Congress just passed an energy bill using the tools and bipartisan actions that they were elected for. A little discussed aspect of the bill was the energy compromise.

Credit goes to congressional democrats and House Speaker Paul Ryan. They unlocked a 40-year-old law preventing the export of oil to other countries and set the stage for independence in the USA by extending the renewable tax credits for five more years.

Yet the Republican majority in Lansing is still doing the bidding of our two utility monopolies in Michigan. How out of touch can our legislators be?

Many of you have seen the commercials from Sens. Nofs and Proos asking us to bail out Consumers Energy and DTE Energy Co. by helping them build new energy facilities. These commercials are misleading and funded by Citizens for Michigan’s Energy Coalition, a political action committee to which Consumers and DTE gave more than $500,000 through September.

That does not include the money that utility PACS have given to most of the Senate and House legislators developing Michigan’s Energy Policy. So much for transparency.

These bills are a direct affront to the rapidly growing solar energy industry in Michigan. These entrepreneurs have not made the mistakes of dirty coal plants that have to be shut down. They offer residents and businesses the opportunity to buy clean renewable energy systems at a price equal to or lower than utilities can deliver.

Consumers and DTE are asking residents and businesses to buy a solar system and then give all the power back to the utility so they can sell it back to you at a profit.

I urge you to call or write your senator or representative to voice your opinion before it’s too late. This could be a devastating gift to Michigan residents by some irresponsible legislators!

Allan O’Shea

CEO-CBS Solar

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