The Michigan Jobs & Energy Coalition was formed to ensure that Michigan’s energy policies safeguard the state’s energy future.
In 2010, the electric power industry in Michigan represented $11.7 billion in direct investment and supported $4 billion in additional economic activity. MJEC members include large numbers of Michigan businesses, hometown energy providers, electric cooperatives, labor organizations, renewable energy and energy efficiency advocates, and residential and industrial customers.
We embrace and support three fundamental goals for energy policy:
- Provide regulatory certainty to encourage investment. Michigan’s comprehensive energy law is one of the most successful policies in the country: one that has led to fair, stable and reliable energy – in addition to new investment and job creation in Michigan. Consumers Energy, for example, is the state’s second-largest investor and is currently engaged in a five-year plan to invest $7 billion in utility operations. Michigan’s energy law guarantees 54 hometown energy providers (including municipally owned and cooperatives) the certainty they need to make substantial investments in the state’s generating plants and power systems needed to provide affordable, predictable service to families and businesses in 83 counties.
- Strengthen Michigan’s energy infrastructure and take the lead on clean energy investments. Michigan’s comprehensive energy law positions our state to diversify its energy portfolio, build power to meet future demand, and make our homes and businesses more energy efficient. Michigan’s comprehensive energy law enables hometown energy providers to take steps to replace Michigan’s aging fleet of power plants at the lowest cost possible to customers. Energy providers can also invest in aggressive energy efficiency programs to help customers save money and in major renewable projects, such as wind farms, that create thousands of jobs for Michigan workers.
- Power Michigan’s economic future. Michigan’s comprehensive energy law established a long-term plan for power, so businesses can create jobs and increase employment levels right here at home. The policy improves the state’s economic outlook by eliminating unfair business rates and stabilizes the state’s energy market so families and businesses know they will have an adequate supply of affordable and reliable power.
Key members of the MJEC include:
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