Michigan House passes energy bills on final day

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The Michigan House has approved a rewrite of state energy laws on the final day of voting during the two-year term.
The Republican-led chamber voted Thursday to boost the required use of renewable sources of power and to keep intact some competition in the electricity market on the final day of the two-year term.
The bills, which passed 79-28 and 76-31, were sent to the Senate for final votes after days of wrangling.
The House GOP had long been at an impasse on an energy overhaul, until changes were made to mollify proponents of the "choice" program that gives competitors up to 10 percent of sales in the territories of utility giants DTE Electric and Consumers Energy.