Final polar vortex report calls for improvements, legislation on state energy supply and delivery

Sep 11, 2019

Credit wvgr

       Michigan’s energy systems are in good shape – but a state commission says there’s still room for improvement. Especially if there is more extreme weather like last winter’s polar vortex.

Major recommendations by the commission include: creating more diverse sources of energy and developing rules for cyber security and incident reporting for natural gas utilities.

       Sally Talberg is chair of the commission.

“We have a strong system and we’re well positioned to adapt to the changing energy landscape, but there’s always opportunities for improvements.”


Talberg says the commission is working on rules for utilities to follow – but those take about a year to finalize. The commission also plans to work with the governor and the Legislature to ensure the recommendations are put into action.