Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Contact: Judy Palnau, 517-241-3323
Agency: Michigan Public Service Commission
November 04, 2013 - John D. Quackenbush, chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) and Steve Bakkal, director of the Michigan Energy Office today submitted the renewable energy final report part of Governor Rick Snyder's energy initiative that will prepare Michigan to make good energy decisions in the future.
"We heard from more people on the topic of renewable energy than any other energy-related topic as we traveled the state and in comments sent to us in 2013," said Bakkal and Quackenbush. "The report issued today thoroughly examines factual information on renewable energy and lays out various scenarios for the Governor and Michigan Legislature to consider as they discuss next steps for Michigan's energy future."
The 115-page report notes:
Today's report incorporates comments made during the public comment period after the renewable energy draft report was issued on Sept. 20.
"We appreciate the many comments that were made during the entire information-gathering process that started in February this year," Quackenbush and Bakkal added. "Based on over 1,000 comments that were submitted in response to the renewable energy draft report, we made several significant revisions that are reflected in the final report submitted today. We anticipate that the report will be a valuable tool for the Governor and the Michigan Legislature."
New material added to the renewable energy final report includes:
The final report submitted today is available on the Michigan.gov/energy website, along with the other draft reports that have been issued on electric choice, energy efficiency and "additional areas."
Today's report is the first of four final reports that will be submitted to Governor Snyder before Thanksgiving. In his Special Message on Energy and the Environment in November last year, Governor Snyder laid out a vision for a "no regrets" energy policy, one that would be adaptable and built on three pillars: excellent reliability, an affordable price, and a protected environment. The Governor charged Chairman Quackenbush and Director Bakkal with the information gathering process and directed them to issue draft reports for public comment and then final reports.
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