House Republican Leader Matt Hall, R-Richland Township, on Wednesday criticized Democrats’ new legislation to take away local control and give bureaucrats hand-picked by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer the authority to put massive solar and wind construction projects into communities over the objections of local residents.
Democrats on the House Committee on Energy, Communications, and Technology are holding a hearing on House Bills 5120-5123 Wednesday morning, less than 24 hours after introducing the legislation.
“Democrats are taking the next step to ban natural gas, pivot to unreliable wind and solar power, and override local communities’ decisions,” said Hall, R-Richland Township. “They want to close dependable power plants and let the Whitmer administration force wind turbines and solar farms into communities against the will of local residents. Democrats’ unfair, overbearing mandates will rob Michiganders of their local control while forcing them to pay more for less reliable electricity.”
HBs 5120-5123 would give the unelected Michigan Public Service Commission authority to approve major wind and solar projects, removing the say of local residents and elected officials over projects in their communities.
The legislation is the latest piece of Democrats’ larger attempt to close reliable power plants and mandate weather-dependent power sources — an extreme change that will lead to higher electricity costs and a less reliable electric grid. The proposal’s demand for more wind and solar would take up millions of acres of land.
“DTE’s $368 million electric rate increase on Michigan residents and job providers is nothing compared to what’s coming down the pipeline next. The utilities will collect a windfall under Democrats’ energy mandates that became law this week.”
“The population council’s current proposal isn’t even a real plan and has no strategy to grow our population,” Hall said. “It’s just a long wish list for new revenues — tax hikes on Michiganders.”
“Michiganders want their leaders to work together to make our state safe and successful,” Hall said. “The balance of power in the House of Representatives is a call to bipartisanship, and Michigan legislators on both sides of the aisle should answer the call and find common ground.”