MPSC issues annual electric competition report

February 1, 2017

Contact: Judy Palnau, 517-284-8300
Agency: Michigan Public Service Commission

LANSING, Mich. –

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today issued its annual report on electric competition, the 15th full year of electric customer choice in Michigan. Looking forward, the MPSC will implement the electric choice provisions of Public Act 341 that will become effective on April 20. 

Highlights from the report include:

  • As of December 2016, there were approximately 6,060 customers participating in the electric choice programs (compared to 6,140 in 2015). This represents approximately 1,978 megawatts (MW) of electric demand, which is an increase of 14 MW from 2015. As of December 2016, approximately 7,800 customers remain in a queue.

  • The electric choice programs at both Consumers Energy (Consumers), DTE Electric Company (DTE) and Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCo) are fully subscribed at their 10 percent caps.

  • Electric choice load served in the Consumers Energy (Consumers) service territory at year-end 2016 totaled 749 MW, compared to 751 MW in 2015. The number of customers served by alternative electric suppliers (AESs) totaled 1,010 at year-end 2016, compared to 1,030 in 2015.

  • Electric choice load served in the DTE Electric Company (DTE) service territory at year-end 2016 totaled 1,148 MW, compared to 1,137MW in 2015. The number of customers served by AESes totaled 4,906 at year-end 2016, compared to 4,986 in 2015.

  • Electric choice load served in the UPPCo service territory at year-end 2016 totaled 14.23 MW, compared to 14.1 MW in 2015. The number of customers served totaled 62 at year-end 2016, compared to 60 at year-end 2015.

  • Electric choice load served in Wisconsin Electric Power Company (WEPCo) service territory at year-end 2016 totaled 61.9 MW, compared to 56.2 MW in 2015. The number of customers served totaled 70 at year-end 2016, compared to 51 at year-end 2015.

  • Electric choice load served in Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPSC) service territory at year-end 2016 totaled 5.2 MW, compared to 5.3 MW in 2015. The number of customers served totaled 16 at year-end 2016, the same as the number of customers served at year-end 2015.

  • On Dec. 9, 2016, the MPSC approved a settlement that permitting the creation of a new Michigan-only jurisdictional utility in the Upper Peninsula. The new utility -- Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corporation (UMERC) -- began operations on Jan. 1, at which time all electric choice customers of WEPCo and WPSC were transferred to UMERC.

  • Since September 2015, there has been no choice participation in Cloverland Electric Cooperative’s service territory.

  • Since April 2013, there has been no choice participation in Indiana Michigan Power Company’s service territory.

  • In 2016, the MPSC issued two new AES licenses for EDF Energy Services, LLC and Nordic Energy Services, LLC. Santanna Natural Gas Corporation (doing business as Santanna Energy Services), Dynegy Energy Services (East), LLC, Lakeshore Energy Services, LLC and MidAmerican Energy Company voluntarily relinquished their AES licenses. Glacial Energy of Illinois, Inc. also surrendered its AES license during 2016.

  • As of December 2016, 25 AESs were licensed, with 12 of those actively serving customers.

The entire report is available on the MPSC’s website here.

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