Appendix A to Gov. Rick Snyder’s November energy/environment message sets forth a process for energy information gathering needed “regarding our energy choices in 2015.” Entitled Readying Michigan to Make Good Energy Decisions, it appoints Steve Bakkal, head of the Michigan Energy Office, and John Quackenbush, Chair of the Michigan Public Service Commission, to “convene a series of public participation opportunities.” The stated issues for consideration are:
Renewable energy generation
Competitive supply (customer choice)
The two are charged with collecting energy information, identifying needed expertise, and arranging for the generation of additional information. Phase 1 of this effort will gather information through six public forums throughout the state and a website. The first two forums are scheduled for February 14 in Lansing and February 25 in Grand Rapids. After this initial phase there will be a time for analysis and additional information requests. A draft report will be put out for public comment, followed by a final report in November or December.