LANSING, MICHIGAN – More than 55 organizations, businesses, elected officials and engaged citizens are requesting the Michigan Public Service Commission hold public hearings regarding the 15-year power plan Consumers Energy recently submitted.
“The outcome of this Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will substantially impact Michigan families, public health, our economy, our climate and communities disproportionately facing environmental injustices,” the letter states. “It is critical that the Commission hear not only from technical experts, but those who stand to be most impacted by this process. Holding public hearings on Consumers’ IRP will enable meaningful engagement with impacted community members, including those who otherwise lack the expertise, resources and capacity needed to participate in utility planning.”
The coalition requested at least one hearing be held outside of traditional working hours and that if hearings are held in-person, they should be located in diverse locations throughout Consumers Energy’s service territory. The coalition requested at least one hearing be held in an environmental justice hotspot such as Flint or the 49507 zip code in Grand Rapids.
The coalition noted there was exceptional interest in the DTE 15-year power plan, which included public hearings and facilitated discussions, and ultimately informed the commission’s decision.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 8, 2021
Contacts: Stephanie Cepak, Byrum & Fisk, firstname.lastname@example.org, (517) 862-2036
Jesus Canchola Sanchez, NRDC, email@example.com, (312) 847-6808
GROUPS CALL FOR PUBLIC HEARINGS ON CONSUMERS ENERGY'S 15-YEAR POWER PLAN
Broad coalition asks Michigan Public Service Commission to hear from communities disproportionately facing environmental injustices