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2007 House Bill 5548: Impose “renewable energy” mandates on utilities
  1. Introduced by Rep. Jeff Mayes (D) on December 6, 2007, to establish specific definitions for applying the gas and electric energy reduction mandates proposed by House Bill 5525, and the renewable energy mandates proposed by House Bill 5549. The bill is part of a package comprised of those bills plus House Bills 5383, and 5520 to 5524.
    • Referred to the House Energy and Technology Committee on December 6, 2007.
      • Reported in the House on January 24, 2008, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on April 17, 2008, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that makes substantive revisions based on months of lobbying and negotiations. This version was subsequently superseded by another substitute with more changes. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on April 17, 2008.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Jeff Mayes (D) on April 17, 2008, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that makes substantive revisions based on months of lobbying and negotiations. See House-passed bill for details. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on April 17, 2008.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Virgil Smith, Jr. (D) on April 17, 2008, to clarify a technical provision in the bill so the language of the amended law is internally consistent. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 17, 2008.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Steven Lindberg (D) on April 17, 2008, to clarify provisions related to large utilities meeting renewable energy mandates by purchasing "credits" from other producers. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 17, 2008.
  2. Passed 86 to 21 in the House on April 17, 2008, to mandate that Michigan electric utilities acquire 4 percent of their power from "renewable" sources by the end of 2012, and 10 percent by the end of 2015. The mandate would be reduced to the extent it increased residential rates by more than $3 per month, and on commercial customers from $15.83 to $187.50 per month. Utilities could meet the mandate by producing or purchasing renewable energy, or purchasing "credits" from a firm that exceeded the mandate. The provisions creating this regime are divided between this and House Bill 5549.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on April 22, 2008.
    • Referred to the Senate Energy Policy & Public Utilities Committee on April 22, 2008.
      • Reported in the Senate on June 17, 2008, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.

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