The Michigan state legislature has been debating bills that would overhaul our energy policy in the state. It’s broadly agreed we need new energy legislation but key provisions still up in the air could be used to undermine the solar industry and eliminate utility competition. For example, one proposal would set the rate paid to residential solar owners for net electric metering to the wholesale cost of electricity, making residential solar much less affordable. Other proposals would eliminate the existing 10% deregulated portion of electricity sales either explicitly or by making requirements that effectively kill off utility competition. The main proponents of the bills are congressman Nofs, Proos, and Nesbitt. This is big, important, and terribly under-reported activity. Members of 350 SE Michigan have been lobbying members of the legislature in person and by phone.