Nofs announces energy policy workgroup

For Immediate Release:
May 6, 2014

Contact: Greg Moore
517-373-2426

LANSING, Mich.—Senate Energy and Technology Committee Chair Mike Nofs announced Tuesday the formation of a workgroup that will begin the process of reviewing the energy efficiency and renewable energy aspects of Michigan’s 2008 energy legislation.

Nofs stated that Michigan is on target to meet or exceed the goals and standards laid out in the 2008 law and therefore it’s time to review where the state should go from there. 

“I think we did a pretty good job in crafting the 2008 legislation in terms of balancing aggressive but achievable standards with affordability and reliability,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “I’m proud that Michigan will meet its targets without changes to the law while other states are scaling back or diluting theirs.”

Nofs applauded the leadership of Gov. Snyder and noted the work of his “Readying Michigan to Make Good Energy Decisions” task force in 2013. He said he expects the information and data collected during that process to be very useful to the workgroup. He also indicated his support for an “all-the-above” energy strategy, similar to the governor’s “No Regrets” policy outlined in his 2012 special message on energy, which provides Michigan the flexibility to adjust to changing market conditions by maintaining a variety of fuel sources and energy optimization options.

“The governor and I are in agreement that Michigan’s next generation energy policy needs to focus on ensuring the availability of clean, reliable and affordable energy for Michigan businesses and residents,” Nofs said. “As a key manufacturing state, the cost and availability of energy is critically important to the health and well-being of Michigan’s economy. We led the way in establishing forward-looking energy policy in 2008 and I have no doubt that we can do so again.”

Anyone who is interested in serving on or providing information to the workgroup is asked to contact Sen. Nofs’ office by Monday, May 12. He can be reached at 517-373-2426 or SenMNofs@senate.michigan.gov.