Rep. John Roth is standing with river communities today as concerns rise that Consumers Energy may close its hydroelectric dams. The company recently announced its 13 dams are too expensive to operate. Consumers is exploring whether to sell, continue operations, or close the properties.
“River communities rely on recreational tourism created by the dams,” said Roth, R-Interlochen. “Complete shutdowns could cripple local economies and destroy aquatic ecosystems.”
Roth represents areas dependent on the Tippy and Hodenpyl dams. He has participated in many discussions about the future of the properties. Roth said he is committed to be a voice for the people in these conversations.
In Consumers’ own report on the dams in Roth’s district, it estimates Tippy Dam supports 415 jobs and adds more than $19.4 million in value to the region’s economy. The Hodenpyl Dam is estimated to add 343 jobs and more than $13.9 million in economic value.
In all, the 13 dams are estimated to support 2,056 jobs and more than $76 million in economic value. The report also said Michigan sees nearly $140 million in dam-related spending.
“Families are reliant on these dams being open,” Roth said. “Consumers can’t abandon these people with a quick way out. The company has a responsibility to ensure whatever happens is best for the communities and wildlife most affected.”
“Democrats can scream ‘local control’ from the rooftops; it doesn’t mean they do anything to support it. You can call stripping zoning power away from communities whatever you want, but ‘local control’ would be my last choice.”
“There have been far too many lapses in judgment made by my Democrat colleagues recently,” said Roth, R-Interlochen. “Transparency legislation is essential to ensure the public is aware of conflicts of interest well before the media reports them.”
“House Democrats have officially killed the lights on Northern Michigan families,” said Roth, R-Interlochen. “This plan makes us more reliant on energy sources that have already proven completely unreliable. My district came out hard against these bills, and Democrats fully ignored them. They chose to give in to far-left environmental activists with no regard for rural Michigan.”