Shirkey announces good result for all taxpayers on energy plan

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, offered the following statement Thursday after the Michigan Legislature gave final approval to Senate Bills 437 and 438, the Michigan Comprehensive Energy Plan:

“Many people have worked hard on this legislation for more than two years, and we can now confidently say it contains several improvements that are good for ALL of Michigan’s energy customers.

“The package updates key provisions of the state’s current energy laws. During the legislative process, I have spoken in defense of electric choice and lower electric rates for ALL taxpayers. I am happy that this final version removes the ‘poison pills’ that could have killed choice. The final result is a plan that prioritizes citizens, as it should.

“The bills establish protections for ratepayers, reduce the chances of excess charges being established, and help encourage competition. Energy companies will have a good opportunity to compete, which encourages innovation and customer-oriented service. It is to all citizens’ benefit that our critically important incumbent utilities have a well-established foundation for their continued success.”