MPSC Directs Four Natural Gas Utilities to Participate in Collaborative on the Creation of a Gas Choice Price Comparison Website

Contact:  Judy Palnau, 517-241-3323
Agency:  Michigan Public Service Commission

March 18, 2014 - The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today directed four Michigan natural gas utilities to participate in a collaborative proceeding dealing with the creation of a gas choice price comparison website and invited alternative gas suppliers, other regulated natural gas utilities and others to participate.

Consumers Energy Company, DTE Gas Company, SEMCO Energy Gas Company and Michigan Gas Utilities Corp. (the four natural gas utilities where choice is available to customers in their service territories) and all other voluntary participants have until April 4 to submit a letter to the MPSC's Executive Secretary indicating the identities and contact information of their representatives at the collaborative. The Executive Secretary will inform participants of the details for the first meeting and will post event details in this docket. The collaborative will finish its work by June 30.

At the first meeting, the director of the MPSC's Financial Analysis and Audit Division will make a presentation on the issues, including, but not limited to, administration of the website, data reporting requirements, the scope of any staff review of underlying prices, mandatory versus voluntary participation, enforcement, and website design options.

Today's order directs the MPSC staff to prepare a report on the collaborative's findings and recommendations, which will be filed in this docket by July 22. The public will have until August 5 to comment on the MPSC staff report.

The MPSC is an agency within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Case No. U-17580

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