State Rep. Graham Filler today expressed deep concern about several proposals included in the governor’s “What’s Next” speech, including legislation mandating 100% carbon-free electricity production on a tight timeline and a plan to override local control of approval for green energy projects.
House Democrats have already introduced House Bills 4759-4761, which would force Michigan electric companies to use entirely carbon-free power sources by 2035, prematurely closing natural gas plants and halting all investment in nuclear power.
Filler, who co-chairs the Legislature’s bipartisan nuclear energy caucus, said nuclear power is one of the cleanest, most reliable energy sources. The new state budget, signed by Gov. Whitmer just last month, recognizes that with a $150 million investment in bringing Palisades nuclear plant in west Michigan back online.
“This is a reckless policy that will create a void in our energy supply, leading to higher prices for residents who will receive rolling blackouts in return,” said Filler, R-Clinton County. “It’s going to have dire consequences for large manufacturers and small businesses, and make Michigan a less desirable place to live, work, and do business.”
The governor’s speech on Wednesday also referenced a plan that would give state government the power to permit solar projects, shifting control away from local government.
“Local communities deserve to have a say when it comes to approving large-scale solar projects,” Filler said. “If the governor’s going to wage a war over local control, she’s going to have a big fight on her hands.”
State Rep. Graham Filler said crime victims will have more support services and a stronger voice in the criminal justice process, thanks to legislation he helped sponsor that was signed into law today. “Crime victims, who have been terrorized and victimized, deserve resources, support, and protection during the criminal justice process,” Filler said. “These are […]
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State Rep. Graham Filler voted against a partisan plan to radically alter Michigan’s energy policy, voicing strong concerns that the new mandates will burden Michigan families with electricity that is more expensive and less reliable. Filler, R-Clinton County, said the plan, advanced by House Democrats, calls for utilities to have 100% clean energy by 2040, […]
State Rep. Graham Filler said House Democrats have backtracked on plans to rush House Bill 5131 through the House Government Operations Committee today. The bill, which Filler raised serious concerns about on Tuesday, creates a new Court of Appeals district and packs the courts with six new judgeships. Filler released the following statement: “House Democrats […]