Republican state Representative Mike Shirkey sponsored the proposal. He says Michigan's limits on utility competition hurt consumers and stifle economic growth. Shirkey appeared over the weekend on the Michigan Public Television show "Off The Record."
"Let's allow 10 percent of customers to have choice and everybody else not to have choice. I have not met anybody yet, even within the utilities, that can defend the logic of that." "Rolling blackouts. Soaring electric bills…"
The state's legacy utilities have started an ad campaign to oppose Shirkey's legislation. They say deregulation in other states has caused higher rates as well as brownouts and blackouts.