Lawmaker wants to give farmers a choice besides Consumers Energy monopoly

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LANSING (WJRT) (2/18/2018) - A Mid-Michigan state representative hopes to help farmers and other agricultural businesses save money.

Currently, nearly all farmers in the region are required to purchase electricity from Consumers Energy, which has a state regulated monopoly to serve a bulk of the Lower Peninsula.

State Rep. Gary Glenn, a Republican from Midland, said many farmers could save on energy costs by purchasing electricity elsewhere.

"I think all farm activities ought to be free to choose where they buy their electricity, so if they have a cheaper source they can do that," he said.

Glenn is chairman of the State House Energy Policy Committee, which is hosting a hearing at 9 a.m. Tuesday on his legislation to free farmers from the Consumers monopoly.

Representatives from several agriculture-based businesses in Mid-Michigan, including the POE-AT Ethanol plant in Caro and Michigan Sugar Co. in Bay City, are expected to testify at the hearing.

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