Clash of Titans, Viewed from Below

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Part III – Clash of Titans, Viewed from Below

Fortunately, the greed political acumen of DTE and CMS Energy is coming to your rescue. Both utilities are seeking full reregulation of Michigan’s electricity market. They are issuing thinly veiled threats about brownouts ‘reliability’ of supply unless Michigan forces the fortunate 10% back into our utilities’ waiting arms. And with President Obama’s hobbling of coal-fired power stations ramping up, they actually have a point. So the fortunate 10% will have to seriously reengage in Michigan’s electricity rate debate or their electricity costs will skyrocket.

The environmental wackos haven’t been idle either. The new model, term limited, Governor Snyder has evidently made up with our ur-RINO and is now endorsing a 40% RPS by 2040. To keep Michigan’s serfs in line – and avoid impeachment – he is specifically not calling for this to be a mandate, rather calling it a ‘goal’. Coming from Michigan’s Governor, this is a distinction without a practical difference. Snyder appoints the three MPSC commissioners who oversee electricity policy and MPSC operates under the aegis of LARA. Think Governor Duggan, Snyder’s designated successor, will change this policy? Other Michigan politicians are splitting the difference, proposing RPS mandates intermediate between 10% and 40%.

The single most important thing to remember as you watch this clash of titans unfold is that none of the major combatants are your friend:

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Michiganders are noticing that their electricity bills are rising sharply, however, and asking how this is happening despite widespread conservation efforts. The mainstream media are ignoring this smoldering backlash, but you can see it in comments to current MSM articles on Michigan’s electricity debate. So there is an inchoate political mass developing out there looking for direction.

In our conclusion tomorrow, we’ll present elements of a right action plan to control your electric bills and promote sorely needed economic growth in Michigan.

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