MPSC seeks public comment on establishment of state reliability mechanism to improve long-term adequacy of Michigan's electric generation resources

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today said it is seeking public comment on how to proceed in light of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Feb. 2 order rejecting the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s (MISO) Competitive Retail Solution filing on resource adequacy.

Section 6w(2) of the recently enacted Public Act 341 of 2016 (PA 341) includes a backstop known as a State Reliability Mechanism (SRM) to address the long-term adequacy of the state’s electric generation resources.

Customers of alternative electric suppliers (AESs) will either receive capacity arranged by a supplier or obtain it through a local utility under the SRM.

In its order today, the MPSC said it is:

  • suspending the schedules for the proceedings established for Consumers Energy Company (Consumers) and DTE Electric Company (DTE Electric) in its Jan. 20 order in Case Nos. U-18239 and U-18248, respectively; and

  • establishing a comment period for the MPSC staff, Consumers, DTE Electric, Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corporation, Upper Peninsula Power Company, Cloverland Electric Cooperative and other interested persons to file recommendations in the appropriate dockets by 5 p.m. on March 7 regarding the scope and the associated schedules for these proceedings in light of FERC’s decision.

Case No. U-18239 et al.

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