Michigan House Republicans
Rep. Bruck: Residents can provide input on new wind, solar siting laws
RELEASE|March 5, 2024
Contact: William Bruck

State Rep. Will Bruck today highlighted two upcoming opportunities for people to weigh in on the new state law that strips away local control over large-scale wind and solar projects.

Bruck, R-Erie, voted against the controversial plan, which gives the Michigan Public Service Commission the ability to force wind and solar farms on local communities with little regard for residents’ concerns or long-established zoning ordinances.

“My observation is that this new law does not have much support in our community,” Bruck said. “This is a good opportunity to express your concerns and try to shape the way the Michigan Public Service Commission goes about making the decisions that will have a huge impact our neighborhoods.”

House Bill 5120 – now Public Act 233 of 2023 – was approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor along partisan lines. The MPSC is now holding “engagement sessions” to take public comment regarding the details of how the new law will be implemented.

The first two sessions will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, and Tuesday, March 19. The virtual meetings will be conducted via Microsoft Teams. Details on how to join the meetings are available here or at michigan.gov/mpsc under the calendar of events.

According to the MPSC, topics of discussion will include application filing guidelines, application fees, use of consultants, pre-application consultations, the development of compatible renewable energy ordinances, and other issues that arise during the process.


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