MPSC seeks comments on implementation of Michigan's new energy laws

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today issued several orders that seek comments from the public and utilities on the MPSC’s efforts to implement Michigan’s new energy laws, including new rate case filing requirements, proposed changes to the forms and instructions used by utilities for certificate of necessity requests and voluntary green pricing programs. Details follow.

Case No. U-18238: The MPSC directed the MPSC staff to file its initial proposal by April 10 on the schedule and procedure for establishing new rate case filing requirements. Comments on the MPSC staff’s filing are due by May 3. Subsequently, the Commission will hold two collaborative sessions on May 15 and May 22. Those who are interested in participating in the collaborative sessions must submit a letter to the MPSC’s executive secretary indicating the names and contact information of their representatives. The MPSC staff will file a final proposal by June 9, followed by a final round of comments due by June 21. Comments, referencing Case No. U-18238, should be mailed to Executive Secretary, MPSC, P.O. Box 30221, Lansing, MI 48909. Electronic comments may be emailed to: mpscedockets@michigan.gov. All information submitted to the Commission in this matter will become public information available on the MPSC’s website and subject to disclosure, and all comments will be filed in U-18238.

Case No. U-15896: The MPSC is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the standard application filing forms and instructions adopted in 2008 for use in all certificates of necessity (CON) requests. The proposed changes (contained in Attachment A to the order) conform to the CON provisions of Public Act 341 of 2016 (PA 341), which require a utility to file an application with the MPSC, along with an integrated resource plan (IRP), unless it already has an approved IRP. Comments on the Commission’s proposed changes to the procedures, should be mailed to Executive Secretary, MPSC, P.O. Box 30221, Lansing, MI 48909. Electronic comments may be emailed to: mpscedockets@michigan.gov. All comments should reference Case No. U-15896 and should be consistent with the provisions of Section 6s of PA 341. All information submitted to the Commission in this matter will become public information available on the MPSC’s website and subject to disclosure.

Case No. U-18349 et al.: The MPSC directed certain electric providers to file their voluntary green pricing programs and comments answering questions raised by the MPSC. Public Act 342 of 2016 (PA 342) requires electric providers to offer a voluntary green pricing program. Green pricing programs are those under which customers may specify the amount of electricity attributable to them that will be generated by renewable energy. In its order today, the MPSC directed electric providers to provide comments on what voluntary green pricing programs and tariffs should contain, including what discrete options, if any, should be made available to different customer classes, how program costs will be recovered, and how those costs will be accounted for. Any interested person may submit written or electronic comments regarding the voluntary green pricing programs under Section 61 of PA 342. All comments, including those submitted by utilities, must be filed with the MPSC by 5 p.m. on April 28. Reply comments must be received by 5 p.m. on May 30. Comments should be mailed to Executive Secretary, MPSC, P.O. Box 30221, Lansing, MI 48909. Electronic comments may be emailed to: mpscedockets@michigan.gov. All comments should reference Case No. U-18349 et al. All information submitted to the Commission in this matter will become public information available on the MPSC’s website and subject to disclosure.

Case Nos. U-18238, U-15896 and U-18349 et al.

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