A different future for electricity based on election results?

Tribune Staff • Nov 15, 2016 at 5:00 PM

While most of us were following the presidential race last Tuesday, another key issue that will strongly affect Michigan residents and moving in the state Legislature will be impacted by last week’s election results, according to a blogger for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

“Regulations covering energy and electricity choice have been ramped up, but national events should put a halt to Republicans fast-tracking this issue,” says Jason Hayes, director of environmental policy for the center. “The election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States and the GOP maintaining control of the U.S. House and Senate means the key reason for pushing forward with Senate Bill 437, a bill that will revise utility regulations in Michigan, has effectively gone away.”

In his post, Hayes explains SB 437 and why it had support.

“With the presidential election now decided, the regulatory mandates to close (coal-fired) plants will likely die, or at the very least significantly change,” he says. “Given these changes, we should recognize there is now no pressing need to impose bills like SB 437 onto the population of Michigan.”

Read the complete post: “Back to the Drawing Board on Energy Policy.”

The opinions expressed by bloggers are not necessarily shared by the Grand Haven Tribune or its employees. They are the sole opinion of the bloggers, who are not employed by or compensated by the Tribune.

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