State Rep. Pat Outman (R-Six Lakes), who serves on the House Energy Committee, issued the following statement celebrating the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) approval of the Line 5 Tunnel permitting process:
“Michiganders encountered significant energy setbacks over the past week, with rising electricity rates and the looming threat that Gov. Whitmer’s green energy mandates will further exacerbate household expenses amid rising inflation. This unsettling combination has cast a pall over holiday season, turning what should be peaceful, cheerful time of year into an anxious one, as increased utility bills and the specter of power outages cast an ominous cloud.
“The state is now facing a dual blow as Democrats’ extreme net-zero energy bills are now state law. This harmful legislation, coupled with the MPSC’s approval of a $368.1 million rate increase for DTE customers, intensifies the strain on residents. The timing of the hike, just days after the enactment of the new law and a few weeks before Christmas, underscores the immediate impact on households during an already strained time of year.
“Amid these challenges, a glimmer of positivity has emerged. The MPSC has officially permitted Enbridge Energy to proceed with the construction of the Line 5 Tunnel. This critical infrastructure project is seen as a lifeline, enhancing the safety of a vital pipeline that supplies affordable fuel for Michigan families.”
“Rate increases like this are just the beginning of what’s ahead for Michiganders under Democrats’ Green New Deal. Just one day after the governor signed the plan into law, we’re already seeing detrimental impacts.”
“Michigan families are already paying too much for electricity that isn’t reliable,” Outman said. “Rural communities like ours have experienced energy outages in recent years that only stand to get worse under these bills. The people of Michigan don’t want this plan, that’s why Democrats are stepping in to force it on them regardless of what local communities have already decided.”