Rep. Glenn to hold Town Hall meetings

Beginning this Monday and the first Monday of every month from now on, please join me at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library in Midland (1710 St. Andrews Rd, on the corner of Eastman Ave.)

The Town Hall meetings will take place from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, and of course are open to the public.

The topic of the first meeting, this Monday, November 2nd, will be energy policy.

This past week, I introduced two bill to help make energy more affordable and accessible to Michigan residents.

First, I introduced House Bill 5015, which would bolster renewable energy by simply directing the state utility commission to encourage the development of cogeneration and small power production facilities, such as the Sanford Dam located in Sanford, Michigan.

The need for this legislation is apparent by the fact that the two utility companies with a near monopoly on Michigan's energy supply have built zero new plants in Michigan in 30 years. It's critical for our energy supply in this very regulated, restricted market that Michigan have a diverse supply of energy, and they should start by using the energy resources we already have.

I then introduced House Bill 5035, which would provide that schools -- K-12 as well as colleges -- should no longer be prohibited from buying electricity from alternative suppliers by the arbitrary 10% cap on the electricity market.

Michigan presently guarantees just two companies, DTE and Consumers Energy, a 90% market share by capping the allowed number of customers on alternative suppliers at 10%. Colleges and school districts that today are able to purchase from alternative suppliers are saving hundreds of thousands of dollars every year, while most others are unable to access these savings because the waiting list to get to this 10% market is 11,000 customers long.

House Bill 5035 would provide that all schools access electricity choice and none count against that cap, freeing up that margin for others on the waiting list.

Clear as mud? Energy policy is definitely a challenging issue, and I would be honored if you join me at my Town Hall this Monday at 6:00pm to learn more.

You can read more about House Bill 5015 at this link, and more about House Bill 5035 at this link.

What: Representative Gary Glenn monthly Town Hall meeting
When: Monday, November 2, 6:00 - 7:30pm, and every first Monday of each month
Where: Community Room, Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, 1710 St. Andrews Rd, Midland

Hope to see you there!

Rep. Gary Glenn