MLIVE | Why public schools are wading into a debate about energy

As vice chairman of the House Energy Committee, Rep. Gary Glenn will support expanding freedom of choice for Michigan consumers, not eliminating it.

"As of December 2014, more than 6,400 electric customers were purchasing power from alternative electric suppliers instead of their incumbent utilities, like Consumers and DTE, according to the Michigan Public Service Commission. Some of these customers are school districts. Ray Telman of the Middle Cities Education Association is also involved with the Michigan Schools Energy Cooperative. He said that through energy choice Michigan schools have saved $15 million in 2013 and $14.7 million in 2014. About a third of traditional K-12 public schools are part of the cooperative, Telman said.

...Polling released today suggests the public prefers choice. A poll of 600 active general election voters from EPIC-MRA explained the legislation and included the statement: 'If this proposal is approved, there would no longer be electric energy choice for customers and Michigan would once again allow existing electric energy companies to operate as regulated monopolies in their service area without competition.'

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