Ensuring manufacturers can compete globally and provide low-cost energy with reliable capacity and delivery systems
The cost of energy is often the largest percentage of a manufacturer ’ s product costs . As a manufacturing state , Michigan must implement energy policies which ensure manufacturers can produce products at prices competitive with the rest of the world .
Energy policy must be innovative and adaptive , free of specific source mandates and barriers that raise costs and reduce reliability . Just as technology has changed how manufacturers communicate , so too will it revolutionize how Michigan powers its industrial economy . An adaptive and transparent system encourages flexibility , solutions for reduced consumption , and reductions in the cost to produce and deliver energy . We are agnostic on fuel preference , as each source has advantages and disadvantages . Whether it is natural gas , coal , nuclear , wind , solar , or the evolution of battery technology making solar energy more competitive or energy waste reduction shrinking our need for energy , Michigan ’ s energy policy must constantly search for the best opportunities to find the balance between lower costs and greater reliability while maintaining the opportunity for choice in the electric market .
The state ’ s continued success depends on the success of manufacturing — Michigan ’ s largest economic sector . We must seek innovative solutions to increase competitiveness for all manufacturers operating in Michigan .
Michigan ’ s Electric Choice Program
8,982,886 MWh in the program statewide ( 2019 )
Energy as a production input is critical to Michigan manufacturers competing in a global economy . We are consistently challenged to lower our carbon footprint , reduce costs , and increase reliability . As such , our electrical infrastructure must also balance these three factors .
— Phil Rausch , Business Development Manager , Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation , Hemlock