Decision Maker Response

Rebekah Warren’s response

Rebekah Warren
State Senator

Oct 20, 2015 — Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition to Senate Bill 438, which, with SB 437 would amend Michigan’s Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act, including the repeal of Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, changes to the definition of clean energy, and the elimination of energy efficiency programs. As always, it is a pleasure to hear from you.

I share your apprehensions regarding the potential negative consequences that these changes could have on Michigan’s energy market and local job creation. As the Democratic Vice Chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, I believe we must do everything possible to increase our investment in alternative energy sources, including solar, and establish Michigan as a leader in green energy.

As you may know, on July 1st, SB 437 and 438 were introduced and referred to the Senate Energy and Technology Committee. While SB 437 is still up for discussion, following three days and fifty speakers, the Senate Committee has concluded taking testimony on SB 438 and I expect a substitute bill will be considered shortly.

Please rest assured that should this legislation reach the full Senate for consideration, I will be sure to keep your advocacy in mind. Moving forward, and as discussions about Michigan’s energy future continue, know that I will remain committed to promoting sensible and forward-thinking energy policies, and I will encourage my colleagues across the aisle to do the same.

Once again, thank you for your correspondence and your advocacy on this important issue. If I can ever be of assistance to you in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me at (517) 373-2406 or


Rebekah Warren
State Senator
18th District