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2018 House Bill 5902: Allow lower utility rates for Dow-owned solar-cell maker

Public Act 348 of 2018

Introduced by Rep. Dan Lauwers (R) on May 1, 2018
To allow discounted electricity rates for the Hemlock Semiconductor company, which makes solar cells and is owned by Dow, Corning and a Japanese company. Current law prohibits cross-subsidization of regulated utility rates between residential and commercial/industrial customers (meaning residential customers pay more so that an industrial customer can pay less). The bill authorizes the state Public Service Commission to permit an exception for Hemlock, and going forward perhaps some other firms.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Energy Policy Committee on May 1, 2018
Reported in the House on May 15, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Passed 77 to 31 in the House on May 17, 2018.
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(same description)
To allow discounted electricity rates for the Hemlock Semiconductor company, which makes solar cells and is owned by Dow, Corning and a Japanese company. Current law prohibits cross-subsidization of regulated utility rates between residential and commercial/industrial customers (meaning residential customers pay more so that an industrial customer can pay less). The bill authorizes the state Public Service Commission to permit an exception for Hemlock, and going forward perhaps some other firms.
Received in the Senate on May 22, 2018
Referred to the Senate Energy and Technology Committee on May 22, 2018
Reported in the Senate on September 26, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate on September 26, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To allow discounted electricity rates for the Hemlock Semiconductor company, which makes solar cells and is owned by Dow, Corning and a Japanese company. Current law prohibits cross-subsidization of regulated utility rates between residential and commercial/industrial customers (meaning residential customers pay more so that an industrial customer can pay less). The bill authorizes the state Public Service Commission to permit an exception for Hemlock, and going forward perhaps some other firms.
Received in the House on September 27, 2018
Passed 78 to 28 in the House on October 2, 2018.
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To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on October 23, 2018

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