Michigan Public Service Commission Decision Does a Disservice to the State
Friday, Apr 27 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Michigan Public Service Commission approved DTE Energy’s billion-dollar gas plant proposal in East China Township, despite significant evidence that the state’s residents and businesses would benefit significantly more from renewable energy resources. Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA):
“We are extremely disappointed with the Michigan Public Service Commission’s decision in this case. Despite the overwhelming evidence that DTE failed to adequately consider alternatives, including a portfolio of renewable energy solutions that would lead to greater savings, more jobs, reduced risk, and environmental benefits, the Commission authorized a $1 billion plant that would not pass muster with Michigan’s laws if it were proposed today.”
With more than 110 megawatts of cumulative solar capacity, Michigan ranks 32nd in the nation for the amount of solar energy installed in the state. The solar industry currently employs more than 4,100 Michiganders.
Celebrating its 44th anniversary in 2018, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, which now employs more than 250,000 Americans. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to build jobs and diversity, champion the use of cost-competitive solar in America, remove market barriers and educate the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.
Alex Hobson, SEIA's Director of External Communications, [email protected] (202) 556-2886