Michigan’s Democratic-controlled House last week passed a measure that would restrict competition facing the state’s two dominant electric utilities in a measure that proponents said would give the utility giants the revenue necessary to build much-needed new power plants in the state.

The bill would restrict competitors to the two largest utilities from supplying more than 10% of the state’s power to business and school customers. The measure, which passed the House 78 to 30, would change how rates are raised and would smooth out existing price differences paid by retail and commercial customers.

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