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LANSING – Nick Occhipinti, government affairs director for Michigan League of Conservation Voters today issued the following statement regarding HB 4477, legislation that allows critical facilities to operate independently from the electric grid during power outages and emergencies.

“In addition to protecting the environment, locally produced clean energy makes the grid safer and more resilient. Ensuring critical facilities can use those systems during emergencies and power outages is win for public safety and the environment,” said Occhipinti. “We applaud Reps. Johnson and Rabhi for taking the lead on promoting clean, affordable and resilient energy in Michigan and we urge lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to support this legislation.”

House Bill 4477 would enable critical facilities with independently controlled energy systems to disconnect from the main electric grid and continue using electricity produced during power outages. Under the current framework, these facilities are legally prevented from generating electricity through their own renewable energy systems during outages on the main grid. The legislation would impact facilities like schools, police and fire stations, hospitals, water treatment plants and emergency response centers. The bill also creates a committee to study microgrids and the resiliency of the grid.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 18, 2019

Contact: Nick Dodge, Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications (517) 333-1606