Nofs Announces Energy Workgroup Participants

For Immediate Release:
May 23, 2014

Contact: Greg Moore

LANSING, Mich.— Sen. Mike Nofs, Chair of the Senate Energy and Technology Committee, along with committee vice chairs Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, and Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood, D-Taylor, today announced the names of those who will participate on the recently formed Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Workgroup.

“We had a tremendous response to my call for participation,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “As a result, we have assembled a group with impressive credentials that represents a broad cross-section of public and private sector organizations that will be able to provide valuable insight and ideas as we examine the future of our energy efficiency and renewable energy programs in this state.”

The workgroup will be tasked with reviewing the Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act-Public Act 295 of 2008 and recommending changes and/or updates to the law.

Nofs lauded the success of the 2008 legislation and the collaborative process that brought it about.       

“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,” Nofs said. “The workgroup process helped in vetting ideas and creating broad-based support, which is why I’m excited about using the process again.”

The workgroup will meet over the summer with the goal of developing draft language that will be taken up by the full Senate Energy and Technology Committee in the fall.

Members of the workgroup include:

Sen. Mike Nofs, chair;
Sen. John Proos, vice chair;
Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood, vice chair;
Sally Talberg, commissioner, Michigan Public Service Commission;
Jim Ault, Michigan Electric and Gas Association;
Chrissy Beckwith, Semco Energy;
Craig Borr, Michigan Electric Cooperative Association;
Brindley Byrd, Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association;
Jim Byrum, Michigan Agi-Business Association;
Keith den Hollander, Christian Coalition of Michigan;
Irene Dimitry, DTE Energy;
Michael Cicchetti, Covanta;
Greg Clark, Indiana Michigan Power;
James Clift, Michigan Environmental Council;
Rick Coy, ABATE;
Tom Frazier, Michigan Townships Association;
David Forsberg, Integrys Energy Group;
Jason Geer, Michigan Chamber of Commerce;
Ariana Gonzalez, Natural Resources Defense Council;
Randy Gross, ITC;
Janet Hanneman, CLEAResult;
Samantha Harkins, Michigan Municipal League;
Kenneth Hedrick, Chevron;
Brandon, Hofmeister, Consumers Energy;
Doug Jester, Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council;
Mike Johnston, Michigan Manufacturers Association;
Marty Kushler, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy;
Gary Melow, Michigan Biomass;
Lee Mueller, Michigan Hydro Owners and Operators;
Vince Parisi, IGS Energy;
Scott Robbins, Michigan Forest Products Council;
Jill Steiner, The Cadmus Group;
Steve Transeth, Michigan Jobs and Energy Coalition;
Julie Voeck, Next Era Energy;
Larry Ward, Michigan Conservative Energy Forum; and
Jim Weeks, Michigan Municipal Electric Association.


Nofs announces energy policy workgroup

For Immediate Release:
May 6, 2014

Contact: Greg Moore

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