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File #: 18-1580    Version: Name: 10/1/18 Energy Commission Resolution of Support for the Michigan House of Representatives’ Michigan Energy Freedom Package
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 10/1/2018 In control: City Council
On agenda: 10/1/2018 Final action: 10/1/2018
Enactment date: 10/1/2018 Enactment #: R-18-399
Title: Resolution to Support the Energy Commission's Resolution of Support for the Michigan House of Representatives' Michigan Energy Freedom Package (House Bill Nos. 5861-5865)
Sponsors: Jack Eaton


Resolution to Support the Energy Commission’s Resolution of Support for the Michigan House of Representatives’ Michigan Energy Freedom Package (House Bill Nos. 5861-5865)


The attached resolution directs the Administrator to support passage of legislation that will support locally-owned community solar, fair value for Distributed Generation tariffs, and remove capacity constraints that impede broad solar adoption.


Prepared by: Energy Commissioners John Mirsky and Mark Clevey

Reviewed by:  Josh MacDonald, Sustainability Analyst

Reviewed by:  Missy Stults, Sustainability and Innovations Manager


Whereas, In December 2012, with the adoption of the Climate Action Plan (“CAP”), the City Council committed to an ambitious, multi-strategy vision to address Climate Change by reducing its community-wide greenhouse emissions (8% by 2015, 25% by 2025, and 90% by 2050, relative to year-2000 baseline carbon dioxide equivalent (“CO2e”) emissions levels);


Whereas, City Council unanimously reaffirmed the local commitment to climate action by adopting its Resolution Committing the City of Ann Arbor to Adopt, Honor and Uphold Paris Climate Agreement Goals (Resolution R-17-238);


Whereas, Mayor Christopher Taylor has endorsed and signed onto the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy and U.S. Climate Mayors initiatives;


Whereas, The Energy Commission’s CAP-derived Solar Goals (24 MW by 2025) were unanimously endorsed by the City Council in its June 2016 Resolution Authorizing a Commitment to Making the City of Ann Arbor a Solar Ready Community;


Whereas, To create a better energy future for all Ann Arbor and Michigan residents and businesses, legislation is needed that eliminates barriers to solar generation and ownership and promotes an open-to-all market for adoption and interconnection of locally-owned solar to the distribution grid; and


Whereas, Support for The Energy Freedom Package, House Bills 5861-5865, is essential to secure fair-value benefits for Distributed Generation and to eliminate restrictions on locally-owned solar capacity, thereby enabling Michigan to compete favorably with other states in promotion of ownership of solar generation;


RESOLVED, The Administrator shall formally petition Michigan legislators representing Ann Arbor residents to actively support House Bills 5861-5865, The Energy Freedom Package, and to direct the City’s lobbying resources to assist passage of the Package.


Sponsored by:  Councilmember Eaton