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Sierra Club wants Whitmer to select climate champion for MPSC

Posted at 12:26 PM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 12:26:58-04

LANSING, Mich. — On Thursday morning, the Sierra Club dropped off approximately 1,200 petitions asking for a climate champion to be selected for the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC).

In a press conference outside Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's office, the Sierra Club stated that the next appointment to the MPSC will be critical.

It is expected that by July 2, Gov. Whitmer will make an appointment to the Michigan Public Service Commission.

The agency is tasked with regulating investor-owned utilities like DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, Indiana Michigan Power and other utilities in the state.

The environmental group reminded reporters that the DTE's 15-year plan up for review at the commission.

They added that the utility's future plans include restricting rooftop solar, building a huge billion-dollar gas plant, and what the Sierra Club says is making lackluster investments in fighting climate change.

Addressing reporters were organization staffers who have been working in impacted communities and customers who will be affected under a plan that relies on fossil fuels.

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