State Rep. Jaime Greene, R-Richmond, on Friday issued the following statement after the Michigan Public Service Commission authorized DTE Energy to raise rates on customers by $368 million — a 6.4% increase.
“This rate increase is a prelude to an even more ominous story. Behind this immediate financial blow lies a larger narrative of utility companies maneuvering to raise rates as they shutter dependable natural gas and coal-fired power plants and spend big on less reliable green energy ventures. Michigan families better brace for higher electricity bills that stretch their budgets tight. Residents will bear the burden of these extreme energy mandates while utility companies continue to profit, all thanks to the Lansing Democrats who voted to lift the cap on rate hikes.”
DTE said it needed the rate increase in part to comply with the state’s existing clean energy goals — requirements much smaller than Democrats’ new clean energy mandates. The “100% clean energy” laws Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed this week will effectively ban natural gas power plants by requiring expensive, impractical technology, instead shifting to more wind and solar, which are less reliable power sources than natural gas. The bills, which Greene vehemently opposed, also repealed a rate cap, a move that will allow utilities to pass on 100% of the green energy implementation expenses to ratepayers.
State Rep. Jaime Greene, R-Richmond, this week welcomed leaders from the Aerospace Industry Association of Michigan to the capital. They discussed research and development tax credits, ways to improve the talent pipeline, and the negative impact new energy mandates are expected to have on the aerospace industry. From left: Rep. Greene, Joe Allen, Trent Urban, […]
State Rep. Jaime Greene today invited residents to participate in a Homeschool Freedom Forum on Friday, Feb. 9, in Imlay City. Greene, R-Richmond, will serve on a panel to help answer questions about the right to homeschool in Michigan and proposed changes that threaten the freedom of homeschool families. “The new requirements Lansing Democrats have […]
One year after plan was introduced, bills have seen no movement State Rep. Jaime Greene, Republican vice chair of the House Education Committee, today urged Democrat leaders in the House to finally hold a hearing on the comprehensive bipartisan school safety plan that was introduced a year ago. The legislation – which carries out the […]
Governor should focus on people’s top concerns during State of the State address State Rep. Jaime Greene today shared her top priorities for the state, which include making life more affordable, getting back to the basics in education, and fixing local roads – issues she hears about frequently from the people she serves. Greene, R-Richmond, […]