MMA’s Manufacturing Agenda 2020-21 | Page 15

MMA ’ s Manufacturing Agenda 15
Policy principles to support a competitive manufacturing sector . Michigan must :
■ Ensure manufacturing energy costs are not a barrier ■ Value reliability and pricing as equally critical to global competitiveness . to competitiveness .
■ Require capacity resources be compared against each other for reliability and cost-effectiveness .
■ Support policy for cost of service rates by rate class .
■ Oppose cost shifts to industrial ratepayers .
■ Support the operation and development of energy pipelines .
■ Enable efficient and effective demand response programs to enable the grid to be right-sized and dynamic to serve load and help balance the cost to implement and reliability for future needs of the electrical system .
■ Maintain a 10 % electric choice market to enhance opportunities for competitiveness .
Specific Actions for Leaders :
■ Preserve 10 % of the electric market for choice opportunities for those currently in the choice market and those in the queue seeking to access the choice market .
■ Oppose expansion of any mandatory Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard .
■ Support energy solutions in the Upper Peninsula .
■ Support shale gas development .
■ Compare energy resources against each other for price and reliability in a cost-benefit comparison , including energy waste reduction , renewable sources , gas , coal , nuclear or any other source . Support a competitive environment using the most reasonable and prudent standard in comparing costs with utilities as adopted in 2016 .
■ Support MISO Zone 7 import / export transmission capacity project ( s ) to increase ability to address localized intermittency on the grid and minimize costly service interruptions for customers if the project ( s ) are determined to be cost-effective through MISO ’ s Michigan Expansion Transmission Project process .
■ Support policies that make it easier for manufacturing companies to install and use self-generation and cogeneration .
■ Monitor and urge a review of the demand response notification window as provided through the MISO Business Practice Manual and advocate for changes as applicable to assure system reliability , sufficient notification , and appropriate compensation .
■ Encourage utilities to incorporate real-time economic signals into demand response programs which enable manufacturers to curtail production and avoid emergency operations altogether .
■ Explore potential options for greater use of combined heat and power .
■ Ensure costs for distributed generation are not shifted to other ratepayers .
■ Ensure rates in PURPA contracts reflect the appropriate avoided costs to utilities .
■ Support development of the Line 5 Tunnel .
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