PLEASE review the talking points below, and then call any of these State Representatives on the House Energy Policy Committee and tell them to vote in support of renewable energy and efficiency:
Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton) Committee Chair, (517) 373-0839
Rep. Gary Glenn (R-Midland) Majority Vice-Chair, (517)373-1791
Rep. Bill LaVoy (D-Monroe) Minority Vice-Chair (517) 373-1530
Rep. Wendell Byrd (D-Detroit) (517) 373-0144
Rep. LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit) (517) 373-2276
Rep. Derek Miller (D-Warren) (517) 373-1772
Rep. Julie Plawecki (D-Dearborn Heights) (517) 373-0849
Rep. Robert Kosowski (D-Westland) (517) 373-2576
Rep. Jason Sheppard (R-Clayton) (517) 373-2617
Rep. Michael Webber (R-Rochester Hills) (517) 373-1773
Rep. Marilyn Lane (D-Fraser) (517) 373-0159
Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R-Oxford) (517) 373-1798
Rep. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp) (517) 373-0843
Rep. Tom Barrett (R-Grand Ledge) (517) 373-0853
Rep. Brett Roberts (R-Clark Lake) (517) 373-1775
Rep. Rick Outman (R-Six Lakes) (517) 373-0834
Rep. Holly Hughes (R-Montague) (517) 373-3436
Rep. David Maturen (R-Marshall) (517) 373-1787
Rep. Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) (517) 373-0850
Rep. John Kivela (D-Marquette) (517) 373-0498
Rep. Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) (517) 373-0156
Rep. Peter Pettalia (R-Presque Isle) (517) 373-0833
Rep. Triston Cole (R-Kewadin) (517) 373-0829
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Legislative & Political Director
Sierra Club Michigan Chapter
109 E. Grand River Ave.
Lansing, MI 48906
Office: (517) 484-2372 Ext. 13
Cell: (248) 345-9808
Sierra Club's Clean Energy Talking Points
· In 2008, the Michigan Legislature passed the Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act (Public Act 295).
o The law put in place a Renewable Energy Standard (RES) that requires Michigan’s utility companies to generate 10% of their electricity from clean and renewable sources by 2015.
o The law also created an Energy Efficiency Program which requires Michigan’s utility companies to help their customers use energy more efficiently by 1% every year.
· PA 295 of 2008 has been a success, but we need to do more.
o Utility companies in Michigan are on track to meet the 10% goal. Despite that success, most utilities have made it clear they will do nothing more than they are required to, even though renewable energy is cheaper and cleaner than fossil fuel options. Without a more aggressive renewable standard, progress toward clean energy in Michigan will come to a standstill at the end of 2015.
o Since 2008 we’ve seen a dramatic reduction in the cost of renewable energy, with the latest wind energy contracts coming in at less than half the cost of new coal and comparable to natural gas.1
o Michigan’s Energy Efficiency program has provided the cheapest source of new power (over 6 times cheaper than coal) by shaving off demand for energy. For every $1 invested in energy efficiency, customers are saving more than $3.55.2
o However, a spending cap in the 2008 law on the energy efficiency program prevents utilities from meeting their full customers’ demand.
o According to the Michigan Public Service Commission’s (MPSC) 2013 report, Michigan could achieve a RES of 30%, given the resources we have in the state today.1
· Increasing Michigan’s use of renewable energy and energy efficiency will create jobs, spark investment and launch new businesses in our state.
o Homegrown renewable energy and efficiency are strong economic drivers, attracting investment and creating jobs that can’t be shipped out of state or overseas.
o Expanding our use of clean energy will build on our manufacturing strength and will allow us to retool and reopen closed manufacturing facilities.
o Michigan spends $22 billion a year importing fuel into the state, for both transportation and power. We get 100% of our fuel for coal and nuclear energy and 80 percent of our natural gas from other states. 4
o Solar, wind and efficiency are fuel free; once installed, the cost of energy is zero. That is all money that then gets spent in Michigan instead of sent out of state to import fuel.
· Renewable energy and energy efficiency help rein in rising energy costs.
o Moving to clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency will make electricity costs more affordable for Michigan families, who recently experienced double-digit rate increases because of the state’s reliance on coal imported from other states and foreign oil.
o Renewable energy costs less than all other forms of energy. While the costs of new coal and nuclear energy range from $108-$133 per MWh and natural gas averages $67 per MWh, wind energy costs between $43-59 per MWh, while energy efficiency costs $11 per MWh.1
o According to the MPSC’s 2013 report, we could reduce our consumption of electricity by one-third over the next 10 years through energy efficiency.
· Using more renewable energy and energy efficiency will reduce pollution, mitigate climate disaster, and give Michigan cleaner air and water.
o Increasing our use of renewable energy and energy efficiency will give us cleaner air and water, protect our Great Lakes, reduce illness, and save lives.
o Michigan’s coal plants emit dangerous levels of toxic pollutants like mercury, arsenic and chromium. Coal plant pollution also triggers 68,000 asthma attacks and causes 180 premature deaths every year in Michigan.5
o Coal plants are the biggest point-source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, exacerbating climate disruption.6
o Natural gas is not an acceptable alternative because Fracking threatens our water and releases methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas emission.
o The Sierra Club opposes classifying waste incineration as renewable energy. Waste incineration does not produce renewable energy: it burns and destroys recyclable materials and emits high levels of pollution and carbon dioxide.
· The Sierra Club opposes Rep. Aric Nesbitt’s energy legislation (House Bill 4297) which would eliminate our state’s energy efficiency program and classify waste incineration as renewable energy.
· The Sierra Club supports Democratic energy legislation (HB 4518-4519, HB 4055 and SB 295-297) which would increase Michigan’s Renewable Energy Standard to 20% by 2022 and increase the efficiency standard to 2%.
1MPSC Report on the Implementation of PA 295, February, 2013,and “Readying Michigan to Make Good Energy Decisions – Renewable Energy”, September 2013, http://michigan.gov/documents/energy/re-execsumm-draft_434479_7.pdf
2MPSC Report on the Implementation of PA 295, February, 2012
3Hill Group Study, February 2012
4US Energy Information Website
5 Michigan Environmental Council Report of Public Health Impacts of Coal-Fired Plants in Michigan, 2011
6US Environmental Protection Agency Website