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5/5/15 - “Driving, Building, Growing”: MCC’s 2015 Meeting to Feature Policy Discussions and to Highlight Chemical Industry’s Contributions to Michigan

LANSING, MI, May 5, 2015 – For the 47th consecutive year, the Michigan Chemistry Council (MCC) will host its annual membership meeting and legislative reception in Lansing on Wednesday, May 13th, as the industry celebrates renewed growth and new opportunities. This year’s theme is “Driving, Building, Growing,” as the MCC highlights the role of chemistry in the automotive, construction, and agricultural sectors.

“Michigan’s chemistry companies do amazing work every day of the year, but this is the one day that we look forward to sharing these contributions with policymakers in Lansing,” said John Dulmes, MCC Executive Director. “There is a lot going on in our industry, and our members need to be aware of how proposed laws and regulations would impact their businesses. Likewise, it is helpful for legislators to understand what exactly it is that chemical companies do, and how chemicals are involved in every part of our economy.”

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4/13/15 - Michigan Chemistry Council testimony before House Energy Policy Committee

Please click here for the the testimony by John Dulmes, MCC Executive Director, before an April 13th hearing of House Energy Policy Committee.

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3/25/15 - Competition Important for Michigan’s Energy Policies

As legislative committees continue to debate energy policy for our state, there continues to be misinformation and confusion around the issue of electric competition. Because high energy costs are a significant burden on Michigan’s chemistry companies, MCC executive director John Dulmes noted the following:

“There have been many arguments about the problems Michigan will face unless we return to a fully-regulated monopoly, and many negative claims made about competitive energy markets. It should be understood that all of Michigan’s electric providers have to meet the same capacity and RPS requirements instituted by MISO and the MPSC. Indeed, many companies use their market access to significantly exceed the 10% renewables requirement in pursuit of corporate sustainability goals,” Dulmes said.

“Likewise, all of Michigan’s utilities participate and make purchases from the same regional markets as alternative electric suppliers, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Whether a customer is served by an incumbent utility or an alternative supplier has no bearing on the overall capacity available to meet that demand.” Dulmes continued, “The volts do not distinguish between providers.”

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