State Rep. Mark Tisdel, R-Rochester Hills, on Friday issued the following statement after the Michigan Public Service Commission authorized a $368 million rate hike for DTE Energy customers — a 6.4% increase:
“Mandates come with expensive compliance costs. As the state ramps up new energy requirements, Michiganders’ electricity prices will keep ramping up, too. We’re already seeing rates rise because of previous ‘clean energy’ regulations, and burdensome new laws will require costly investments and make electric bills more expensive for residents and local businesses. Michigan families deserve better than the higher energy prices headed their way.”
DTE said it needed the rate increase in part to comply with the state’s existing clean energy goals — targets much smaller than Democrats’ new clean energy mandates. The “100% clean energy” laws Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed this week will effectively ban natural gas power plants by requiring expensive, impractical carbon capture technology, instead shifting to more wind and solar, which are less reliable power sources than natural gas. Tisdel warned Michigan residents and small businesses will pay higher electric bills to cover the costly investments in wind and solar.
“Michigan’s transparency laws fall woefully short — making it hard for Michiganders to hold their government accountable,” said Tisdel, R-Rochester Hills. “The government records of our highest-ranking elected officials aren’t disclosed at all. Meanwhile, citizens’ legitimate transparency requests get stonewalled as bureaucrats drag their feet and exploit vague laws to keep the people of Michigan in the dark.
State Rep. Mark Tisdel today invited Greater Rochester residents to his upcoming town hall meeting on Saturday, Feb. 24.
“From the Michigan Legislature to the U.S. Congress, William S. Broomfield was a titan for Oakland County,” said Tisdel, R-Rochester Hills. “Congressman Broomfield had a record of working across the aisle to strengthen our nation and its people — especially the people of our community.”
State Rep. Mark Tisdel today invited Greater Rochester residents to his upcoming office hours on Monday, Feb. 19.