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Embracing Clean Energy

HB 5015 - Renewable Energy

MEC Position: Support
Works with PURPA contracts, seemingly to help ensure that the commission forces utilities to consider them This bill helps protect renewable energy and cogenerators under the PURPA, the Public Utilities Regulatory Utility Policy Act, and strengthens accountability of utilities to submit to the commission. It abolishes part of the law governing the Michigan Public Service Commission, and changes some proceedings. For example, it would prohibit rate increases without notice or hearing, and qualifies how residential energy conservation programs are permitted. It also allows for securitization of stranded costs, and changes some aspects of power supply cost recovery. It adds sections to the contested case process, related to co-generation and small power plants, while promoting a diverse array of sustainable energy resources. Last, it defines avoided cost, and cogeneration facilities, qualifying facilities, and small power facilities. MEC supports this bill. The bill helps protect ratepayers and operators of small renewable energy companies by forcing utilities to consider the true cost of power. View Details

HB 5008 - Renewable Energy

MEC Position: Support
Exempts small renewable energy devices from property taxes This bill amends "the general property tax act" of 1893 for certain renewables to be exempt from taxes. It specifically refers to wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and water conversion. Small scale is defined as less than 150KW. MEC supports this bill as it creates a way to incentivize people to invest in renewable energy systems. View Details

Protecting Michigan's Waters

SB 591 - Native Copper Mines

MEC Position: Oppose
Exempts from regulation under Part 632 native copper mines that annually produce less than 75,000 tons of waste rock or disturb less than 10 acres of land. Native copper is defined as copper in its elemental form. View Details

SB 526 - Ban Great Lakes aquaculture

MEC Position: Support
This bill would ban all aquaculture facilities in the Great Lakes, connecting waters and hydrologically connected waters. This keeps fish farms-which pose a high risk of nutrient overload, diseases and fish escapes that lead to problems with wild fish stocks-out of our greatest freshwater resource. MEC supports this bill. Fish farms in the Great Lakes are simply not worth the risk.View Details

Advancing Transportation Solutions

HB 5062 - Bus Rapid Transit

MEC Position: Support
Bill would make corresponding amendments to provide for a penalty ($100 civil fine) if a vehicle illegally uses a dedicated BRT lane. MEC supports this legislation as a way to encourage BRT systems and develop transit options statewide. View Details

HB 5061 - Bus Rapid Transit

MEC Position: Support
Bill would allow MDOT to enter into an agreement with one or more governmental agency for the designation or construction of BRT lanes on a state trunk line highway. MEC supports this legislation as a way to encourage BRT systems and develop transit options statewide. View Details

HB 5003 - Protecting Vulnerable Road Users

MEC Position: Support
Establishes requirement for operator of a motor vehicle to maintain a 5-foot distance when passing a bicyclist. Provides for sentencing guidelines for crime of committing a moving violation causing death of a vulnerable roadway user. MEC supports this bill package, as it moves to protect those road users who are most at risk of harm and helps promote bicycling, walking and transit.View Details

Conserving Natural Resources

SB 507 - Recycling measurement

MEC Position: Support
This bill would create the first system in Michigan for tracking how much the state is recycling. This requires all recyclers over 100 tons per year to report to the state how much material they are recycling. MEC supports this bill, as it is a necessary first step to improving the state's recycling rate. View Details

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