We support Michigan Farm Bureau taking steps to ensure adequate and affordable energy for Michigan residents and businesses. We specifically recognize agriculture’s vulnerability to energy interruptions and price volatility. We support immediate and long-term solutions including:
We support preserving a cap on the Michigan electric choice program created by PA 286 of 2008. We encourage farmers to apply.
As electric demands increase, we urge that the MPSC be responsible for determining the need of the new capacity and the Department of Environmental Quality be responsible for only environmental permitting.
There should be agricultural representation on the MPSC to help give some stability to our energy costs.
We believe government mandates for electric car production and usage should be matched by concurrent approval for the construction and/or upgrades for reliable electric generation facilities to deliver the power needed.
This policy should ensure agriculture has access to all forms of energy that are consistent, reliable and affordable.
MFB should work with county Farm Bureaus to study electrical rate disparities across the state. The study should consider the causes and potential policy recommendations that would promote affordability in all regions of the state.
We encourage utilization of brownfield, public property, Michigan Department of Transportation rights-of-ways and other marginal lands, as well as industrial, residential and agricultural buildings, to reduce easements across farms for renewable energy projects and to protect prime farmland.