State Rep. Donni Steele is standing with vulnerable families today after the Michigan Public Service Commission authorized DTE Energy to raise customer rates by $368 million — a 6.4% increase.
“The truth has been revealed about the grinch’s new green energy plan,” said Steele, R-Orion Township. “The governor’s radical new policies push the implementation costs of unreliable green energy onto the consumer. The rate hike cripples families with even higher energy costs. Money that should’ve gone toward family dinners and children’s gifts is being redirected to compensate for past energy policies.”
DTE said it needed the rate increase in part to comply with the state’s existing clean energy goals; these requirements are much smaller than Democrats’ new clean energy mandates. The “100% clean energy by 2040” laws Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed last week will effectively ban natural gas power plants by requiring expensive, impractical technology, and shift to less reliable wind and solar power sources. The bills repealed a rate cap, a move that will allow utilities to pass on 100% of the green energy implementation expenses to ratepayers.
“Struggling families are already setting their thermostats to temperatures way below comfortable this holiday season to compensate for inflation,” Steele said. “Democrat policies like increased energy rates will continue to force families and businesses to leave the state altogether.”
“We live in a time where our freedom of speech is being questioned all too often,” said Steele, R-Orion Township. “This contest gives our students the opportunity to explore their first amendment right and communicate how essential that liberty is to them. To me, nothing is more important than our freedom of expression. Our ability to partake in civil discourse is the absolute bedrock of our nation.”
“All people have a moral obligation to speak out against hate whenever it rears its ugly head – this is one of those times. As elected officials, we are the voice for our communities. We are held to a higher standard and must answer to all comments we make, including any and all social media posts.”
“In a time when political divides keep deepening, the House needs something for everyone to agree on; I’m confident this school safety legislation is that something,” said Steele, R-Orion Township. “This week, we’re remembering a tragedy at Michigan State University. Being from Lake Orion, I can’t help but draw the connection to our neighboring sister community of Oxford and the terrifying events which occurred there over two years ago. The best was to prevent these horrific events from repeating themselves is to bind together and pass school safety bills. Our kids and communities depend on it.”