Legislation that would give the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) the authority to permit certain wind and solar energy projects was reported by the House Energy, Communications, and Technology Committee this week. Currently, this authority rests with township boards.
- The proposal applies to facilities with 100 megawatts or more.
- Prior to obtaining a certificate from the MPSC, the applicant would have to conduct a number of actions including offering to meet with the chief elected official in each affected area and hold a public meeting in each impacted area.
- The legislation lays out exactly what must be included in an application for a certificate and a timeline for the application process.
- The bills were referred to the House floor for consideration.