MPSC Reports on the Status of Electric Competition in Michigan

As of December 2016, Consumers Energy (Consumers) had over 1,000 customers participating in the electric choice program and DTE Electric Company (DTE) had just under 5,000 choice customers participating. Also, Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCo) had 62 customers participating in the electric choice program, Wisconsin Electric Power Company (WEPCo) had 70 customers participating in the electric choice program and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPSC) had 16 customers participating. Cloverland Electric Cooperative (Cloverland) and Indiana Michigan Power Company (I&M) had zero customers participating. The electric choice programs for Consumers, DTE and UPPCo were fully subscribed at the 10 percent cap throughout the year and there continues to be approximately 7,800 queued customers statewide.

To date, Michigan remains one of 20 states that had full or limited restructuring of the electric market.  Benchmark information comparing Michigan’s electric retail rates to the 20 restructured states, 10 largest states, midwest states and the national average can be found in Section I (D) of this report.

In 2016, the Commission issued multiple orders that adhere to the established framework for Michigan’s electric customer choice programs and support the provisions of Public Act 141 of 2000 and Public Acts 286 and 295 of 2008.

Highlights of the report include:

  • Choice Participation Data in Michigan
  • Utility Specific 10 percent Cap Data
  • Benchmark Data for Michigan's Rates

The Customer Choice Program activity is incorporated in the specific utility charts updated monthly for Cloverland, Consumers Energy, DTE Electric Company, UPPCO, I&M, UMERC. The charts show cumulative number of customers, MW, enrolled and in-service on an eighteen month rolling forward basis. The most current monthly information is listed in the last column of each chart.

Comments or questions on these reports may be directed to:

Heather Cantin Stephanie Haney
Retail Choice 517-284-8250 Retail Choice 517-284-8250
Michigan Public Service Commission Michigan Public Service Commission
517-284-8266 517-284-8267