Thursday, August 4, 2016

New MPSC Commissioner

From Crain's:

LANSING — Rachael Eubanks, director of public finance for Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. in Michigan, has been appointed to the Michigan Public Service Commission, Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday.
Eubanks fills a partial term vacated by the former commission chairman, John Quackenbush, Snyder's office said. Her term will end in July 2017.
Quackenbush left his six-year term early in March to return to the private sector. At that time, commissioner Sally Talberg was appointed chairwoman of the state's energy regulatory agency.
Eubanks, of East Lansing, has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Michigan, Snyder's office said.

Interview with Smart Meter Education Network Director Linda Kurtz

Listen to this great radio interview with Linda Kurtz, director of the Smart Meter Education Network as we discuss health issues, privacy, and much more. Linda also talks about her first--horrific--encounter with smart meters and how they have affected her health.

Monday, August 1, 2016

The DTE and Consumers PACs have given to all but four of the state's 145 lawmakers

The DTE and Consumers PACs have given to all but four of the state's 145 lawmakers. 
Since 2011, DTE has been the top donor to House Energy Chair Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton), and CMS Energy and its principal subsidiary Consumers Energy have been Nesbitt’s third largest donor. 

In addition to the PAC giving, it's believed the utilities helped fund a nonprofit organization, Citizens for Michigan's Energy Future, that ran likely more than $2 million in ads about Michigan's looming energy shortfall in 2014 and 2015. The projected upcoming capacity shortfall that's discussed in the ads is a main reason lawmakers are trying to take action this year. 

DTE Energy and Consumers Energy combined have 42 individuals or firms that are registered as lobbyists.

Read the full story at Michigan Campaign Finance Network  website.