The Michigan Public Service Commission is holding a series of public forums around the state to gather input on Michigan’s future energy policy. Lansing was the first stop on that tour.
The public service commission regulates the state’s utilities. It wants to hear the public’s suggestions and concerns about the direction of Michigan’s energy policy. The commission says its main focus areas are renewables, energy efficiency and electric power choice.
Wayne Kuipers with Energy Choice Now says companies coming to or expanding in Michigan often base their investment decisions on a few key factors.
“Energy is always at or near the top," says Kuipers. "So, this is really the next big issue for Michigan. We have to get our arms around an energy policy that results in lower rates to provide relief both for residents and for business.”
Kuipers says Michigan has the highest electricity rates in the Midwest. He says the price bump is caused by a lack of competition among energy providers.