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Members also had the opportunity to hear from state policymakers on a number of issues facing the state.

Senate Energy Committee chairman Mike Nofs shared details about his legislative proposal, expected within several weeks, to rewrite Michigan’s energy policies. He explained that the proposal would preserve the current 10% retail open access market with certain requirements, require utilities to file integrated resource plans to consider a wide range of energy resources, create a new “clean energy standard” to replace the state’s current RPS mandate, and provide for solar “net metering” policies.

Senator Nofs speaks at the 2015 MCC Annual Meeting

Governor Snyder’s director of strategy, John Walsh, discussed the administration’s ongoing efforts to fund roads improvements, to increase the investment in skilled trades training and STEM education, and to address the budgetary concerns over existing MEGA tax credits.

John Walsh speaks at the 2015 MCC Annual Meeting

Other speakers addressed chemical industry trends and topics.

Kevin Mulvaney of the American Chemistry Council presented on the ACC’s efforts to engage value chain partners in decisions and policies around chemicals selection, as illuminated by recent news stories about retailers phasing out products containing certain “chemicals of concern” due to consumer pressure.

Kevin Mulvaney speaks at the 2015 MCC Annual Meeting

On a panel devoted to the topic of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones), Cliff Maine from Barnes & Thornburg discussed the need for chemical companies to be ready for issues surrounding drone use, either by their company or by unauthorized users on their property.

Cliff Maine speaks at the 2015 MCC Annual Meeting

F/Lt. Christopher Bush of the Michigan State Police explained the MSP’s process for obtaining a UAV permit and how his department intends to use a UAV for law enforcement.

F/Lt. Christopher Bush speaks at the 2015 MCC Annual Meeting

Aaron Cook from the AETOS Group discussed how his start-up firm is expanding the applications for UAV inspection and monitoring of chemical facilities.

Aaron Cook speaks at the 2015 MCC Annual Meeting

Finally, attendees were treated to an extended panel discussion with DEQ Director Dan Wyant and all nine of the DEQ’s division chiefs. The DEQ’s leadership answered 90 minutes of questions from MCC’s members and talked about ongoing DEQ efforts in environmental regulation and economic development.

Dan Wyant speaks at the 2015 MCC Annual MeetingHal Fitch speaks at the 2015 MCC Annual Meeting

During the evening reception, MCC’s members once again exhibited their companies’ innovations and contributions to the state, and visited with numerous legislators and staff.

2015 Legislative Reception Photos


2015 Annual Meeting Presentations