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Rep Hughes invites Muskegon area employers to Lansing

August 9, 2019

first_img Tags: #SB 15Apr Rep. Hughes invites Muskegon area employers to Lansing Categories: Hughes News,Newscenter_img Local residents express support for continuing electric choiceState Rep. Holly Hughes (R-Montague), welcomed Wes Eklund, CEO of Fleet Engineers, and John Workman, co-owner of Eagle Alloy, two important employers in Muskegon County, to Lansing on Monday as they testified before the House Energy Policy Committee.Rep. Hughes, a committee member, invited Eklund and Workman to testify because of their roles in business, and as chair and vice chair of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee.  In their testimony, Eklund and Workman outlined the significant cost-savings that both businesses and schools in Muskegon County have realized as a result of electric choice.“It was interesting to get the perspective of our county’s employers on what the impact of eliminating electric choice would mean not only to businesses, but also our schools,” said Rep. Hughes.  “I was very surprised to learn that employers are saving between 25%-30% on electric costs through choice, and our area schools are saving nearly $2 million each year by having the ability to choose alternative electric suppliers.”The House Energy Policy Committee took nearly 12 hours of testimony on Monday, discussing a package of bills that would make a number of changes to the state’s electric laws.  One of those bills would eliminate the ability for commercial electric customers to choose their electric supplier.  Currently, Michigan law allows up to 10% of commercial customers to make this choice.“Michigan Schools Energy Cooperative is a valuable program for schools in Michigan. In Muskegon County alone, neighborhood public school districts have saved nearly $2 million cumulatively through December 2014,” said John Severson, superintendent of the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.  “On average, schools saved around $30 per pupil annually for the past few years alone. Such savings translates into more money being utilized in classrooms, and allows public school leaders to continue their work as good stewards of taxpayer dollars.”The Energy Policy Committee adjourned at 8 p.m. on Monday evening but will continue discussing the package of bills over the coming weeks.  Rep. Hughes invites any constituents that may be impacted by the proposed changes to testify in person or send her office their testimony for inclusion into the committee’s record.  For further information, constituents are encouraged to e-mail her office at hollyhughes@house.mi.gov or call 517-373-3436.###last_img

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