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2013 House Bill 5013: Allow higher consumer utility rates to subsidize Hemlock Semiconductor
  1. Introduced by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on September 25, 2013, to prohibit the Public Service Commission from altering the special "economic development" rates granted by Consumers Energy to the Hemlock Semiconductor subsidiary of Dow Corning, which was exempted from a law banning cross-subsidization between residential and commercial/industrial customers. This ban (called "deskewing") was part of a 2008 bill that ended the ability of most customers to buy power from a generator other than Detroit Edison or Consumers Power, mostly restoring their monopoly status. Hemlock was one of the recipients of extensive state subsidies granted by recent legislatures to electric car battery, photovoltaic solar cell, and other “renewable” energy companies.
    • Referred to the House Energy and Technology Committee on September 25, 2013.

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