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Posted on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 12:12 p.m.

Coalition fights Michigan's bill for share of $16B in new Midwest power lines

By Paula Gardner

The University of Michigan, auto manufacturers and the average residential electric customer are among those who face higher electric bills following a federal ruling that Michigan has to pay 20 percent of a $16 billion bill to build new power lines in the Midwest and Canada, the Detroit News reports.

The ruling on Michigan having to pay that portion of the new power line construction will cost U-M an extra $2 million per year, as the state contributes at least $500 million to the project, according to the Detroit News. Other large electricity consumers face similar increases.

Opponents to the federal ruling include Gov. Rick Snyder, the Michigan Public Service Commission and a coalition of utilities and environmental advocates, the report said.

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Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 11 p.m.

So we should believe their projections because they are a non-profit? Do you believe in the tooth fairy? The taxpayers will be on the hook as usual if this even works. These green energy projects are just taking us further down the path to the poor house while China will get our Canadian oil. How did these environmentalists take over our country and government?


Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 2:57 p.m.

As long as it's more efficient, and fewer outages...sometimes you just have to pay up and fix the darn thing!


Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 3:24 a.m.

If you read the article, it suggests that the investment in regional infrastructure will cost more over time but will also generate savings larger than the costs. If this is the case, it may be the best way to address our dated and regularly failing energy system which is already stretched to the maximum.


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 11:25 p.m.

This is an interstate commerece issue, therefore the US government is in charge. Once again our senators have left us holding the bag. Both have supported the boondoggle of Green energy. If we had a senator that looked out for our interests we would not pay 20% of a project that we get no benefit from. Clear enough? Time to enfore term limits.

G. Orwell

Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 9:48 p.m.

"Michigan is stuck with 20 percent of the cost to develop wind farms in Minnesota, Iowa and the Dakotas," said coalition spokesman Steve Transeth, a former state public service commissioner. "We will receive virtually no benefits from the developments." This is what this idiotic global warming scare mongering is leading to. Scams like this and Solyndra that enrich those perpetrating the scam at the expense of the consumer. Things like these are another reason why we need to act on State's Rights. Tell the Feds to get lost. Kicking the unconstitutional Department of Homeland Security and the TSA out of Michigan would be a good start.


Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 10:55 p.m.

Congress can supply the wind for free to power the wind's about the only thing they seem to be good for anymore.


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 5:49 p.m.

Where is Senator Stabenhow hidding during this Debate? This issue is another of her I will not take a stand, because I may irratete the contributers to my campaign. A1BD


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 6:19 p.m.

I don't understand what you've written at all ....