Rep. Glenn: Updated ballast water plan will reinvigorate Michigan’s shipping industry

The state Legislature on Tuesday approved a proposal sponsored by state Rep. Gary Glenn to rekindle Michigan’s shipping industry while maintaining robust standards that keep invasive species from the Great Lakes. Michigan is saddled with the most stringent ballast water discharge laws in the region. The restrictions drove Michigan’s entire ocean-going export business to surrounding…

Glenn: Electric choice fights for survival in Southwest Michigan

State Rep. Gary Glenn, chair of the House Energy Policy Committee, said today a recent order by the Michigan Public Service Commission allows for meaningful electric choice opportunities in areas of Southwest Michigan served by the Indiana Michigan Power Company. Glenn (R-Williams Township) said the monopolistic utility is fighting the order, trying to obtain a…

Professor to Glenn, panel: Energy Freedom plan is a first step toward lower rates

Separating distributor and generator should be goal   A Hillsdale College professor this week said the bipartisan five-bill Energy Freedom plan is a good start to lowering electric rates in Michigan, and suggested that the House Energy Policy Committee work to separate the entities that generate electricity and distribute it to ratepayers. Dr. Gary Wolfram,…

Rep. Glenn votes in favor of work requirements for Medicaid welfare coverage

State Rep. Gary Glenn and the Michigan House today approved a measure to require able-bodied adults to work, prepare for a job or do community service for at least 80 hours a month to keep Medicaid welfare coverage. “The original intent of the Medicaid program is to help provide health care for those unable to…

Rep. Glenn, Energy Policy Committee hear testimony on ‘small cell’ technology, access

Auburn mayor speculates plan may be unconstitutional   State Rep. Gary Glenn, chair of the House Energy Policy Committee, this week heard several hours of testimony on two Senate bills that propose to set standardized fees wireless providers must pay to install a system of “small cell” technology in municipal rights-of-way. Rep. Glenn (R-Williams Township)…

Rep. Glenn, House vote to keep Hemlock Semiconductor, residential electric bills lower

Plan goes to Senate for consideration   State Rep. Gary Glenn joined a bipartisan majority of his House colleagues today in voting to keep electric costs affordable for Hemlock Semiconductor (HSC), which also could help keep future residential rate increases in check. Rep. Glenn, of Williams Township, said House Bill 5902 authorizes the Michigan Public…

Rep. Glenn issues FOIA request to MPSC for DTE gas plant info

Energy chair: Decision could cost ratepayers billions   State Rep. Gary Glenn, chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for specific emails, calendar items, text messages and other information from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) in light of the MPSC’s decision to approve a DTE…

Rep. Glenn leads news conference unveiling Energy Freedom plan

Bipartisan bills to get committee hearing in coming weeks   PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Gary Glenn (R-Williams Township), chair of the House Energy Policy Committee, discusses the bipartisan Energy Freedom legislation during a Tuesday news conference in the Capitol building. Rep. Glenn’s legislation, House Bill 5861, is the main bill to allow homeowners, farmers and…

Bipartisan package of bills introduced to support clean energy

A bipartisan package of five bills removing regulatory barriers to clean energy producers will be unveiled during a news conference in Lansing Tuesday. State Rep. Gary Glenn (R-Williams Township), chair of the House Energy Policy Committee, said the five-bill measure restores fair-value pricing for renewable energy sold back to utility companies. Bill sponsors are Rep….

Public Service Commission turns its back on rooftop solar users with recent order

State Reps. Gary Glenn (R-Williams Township) and Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) today issued the following joint statement responding to the Michigan Public Service Commission’s (MPSC) recent order that makes significant changes to net metering. Under the new rule, customers must buy electricity from their utility at the retail rate and sell electricity generated from rooftop…

Glenn supports plan to ensure farmers continue receiving ag tax exemptions

State Rep. Gary Glenn, associate speaker pro tempore of the Michigan House, today said he was honored to preside over a vote on a plan ensuring Michigan farmers continue to receive tax exemptions on agricultural equipment. Glenn, of Williams Township, said officials from the Michigan Department of Treasury recently started misinterpreting the law and taxing…