Skip Navigation
Michigan Public Service CommissionMichigan.gov, official Web site for the State of Michigan
Michigan.gov Home
close print view

MPSC Launches Investigation into the Deployment of Smart Meters by Regulated Electric Utilities in Michigan

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

January 12, 2012 - The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today launched an investigation into the deployment of smart meters by regulated electric utilities in Michigan.

Noting that electric customers and several municipalities have expressed concern about the deployment of smart meters by electric utilities operating in Michigan, the MPSC today opened a docket for the purpose of addressing these concerns to the degree possible, in light of the limits of the Commission's statutory authority and expertise. 

Today's order directs all regulated electric utilities to submit information to the Commission in Case No. U-17000 by March 16 on the following topics:

  • The electric utility's existing plans for the deployment of smart meters in its service territory;

 

  • The estimated cost of deploying smart meters throughout its service territory and any sources of funding;

 

  • An estimate of the savings to be achieved by the deployment of smart meters;

 

  • An explanation of any other non-monetary benefits that might be realized from the deployment of smart meters;

 

  • Any scientific informa­tion known to the electric utility that bears on the safety of the smart meters to be deployed by that utility;

 

  • An explanation of the type of information that will be gathered by the electric utility through the use of smart meters;

 

  • An explanation of the steps that the electric utility intends to take to safeguard the privacy of the customer information so gathered;

 

  • Whether the electric utility intends to allow customers to opt out of having a smart meter; and

 

  • How the electric utility intends to recover the cost of an opt-out program, if one will exist. 

 

Interested persons have until 5 p.m. on April 16 to file comments on the information submitted by the utilities.  Written comments should be sent to: Executive Secretary, Michigan Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 30221, Lansing, Michigan 48909.  Electronic comments may be emailed to: mpscedockets@michigan.gov.  If you require assistance prior to filing comments, contact Commission Staff at (517) 241-6180.  All comments should reference Case No. U-17000.  Comments and other documents received in this proceeding will become public information, posted on the Commission's website, and subject to disclosure.

 

Today's order directs the MPSC staff to prepare a report for the Commission's consideration by June 29.  The staff report will summarize the filings in this docket, independently review the literature regarding smart meters, and identify any developments in other jurisdictions pertinent to this investigation.  At the end of its report, the staff shall make its recommendations, including suggestions regarding how best for the Commission to implement the staff's recommendations. 

 

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

 

Case No. U-17000

 

For more information about LARA, please visit www.michigan.gov/lara.  Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/michiganLARA, "Like" us on Facebook or find us on YouTube www.youtube.com/michiganLARA.

 

###

 

Related Content
 •  MPSC Approves Two Settlement Agreements Authorizing Alpena Power Company and Michigan Gas Utilities to Reconcile Their 2013 Energy Optimization Plan Costs and Revenues
 •  MPSC Adopts New 2014-2015 Funding Factor for Low Income Energy Assistance Fund
 •  CORRECTION: MPSC Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Low-Income Energy Assistance Fund Factor
 •  MPSC Approves Two Settlement Agreements Authorizing Upper Peninsula Power Company to Reconcile Its Revenue Decoupling Mechanism, Energy Optimization Costs and Revenues for 2013
 •  MPSC Seeks Public Comment on Status of Michigan's Telecommunications Relay Service for Persons with Hearing and or Speech Disabilities
 •  MPSC Approves Two Settlement Agreements Authorizing Michigan Gas Utilities to Reconcile Its Decoupling Mechanism and Uncollectibles Expenses for 2013
 •  MPSC Issues Request for Proposals for Michigan Energy Assistance Program Grants
 •  MPSC: Ogemaw County Earns "Connected" Broadband Status Making High-Speed Internet a Priority
 •  MPSC: Summer's Here and the Time is Right to Be SummerWise
 •  MPSC Approves Consumers Energy Company's Request to Eliminate Renewable Energy Surcharge
 •  MPSC Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Revised Rules on Gas Pipeline Safety
 •  MPSC Approves Certain Waivers to Enable Midwest Energy Cooperative to Deploy High-Speed Internet in Unserved and Underserved Parts of Rural Michigan
 •  MPSC Approves Settlement Agreement Authorizing 2014-2015 Gas Cost Recovery Factor for Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op
 •  MPSC Approves Settlement Agreement on Proposed Transfer of Ownership by Integrys to Balfour Beatty for purchase of 100 Percent of Capital Stock of Upper Peninsula Power Company
 •  MPSC Approves Settlement Agreement on DTE Gas Company's Gas Main Replacements, Retirements
 •  MPSC Approves Settlement Agreement Authorizing Wisconsin Electric Power Company to Implement Its 2014 Power Supply Cost Recovery Factor
 •  MPSC Approves Temporary Gas Cost Recovery Factor for Michigan Gas Utilities
 •  MPSC Issues Summer Energy Appraisal
 •  MPSC Approves Two Settlement Agreements Implementing 2014 Power Supply Cost Recovery Factors for Two Utilities Serving the Upper Peninsula
 •  MPSC Approves Transitional Cost Recovery Plan and Tariffs for Expansion of DTE Electric Company's System for Addition of City of Detroit Public Lighting Department Customers
QR code

Michigan.gov Home
PoliciesMichigan NewsMichigan.gov Survey

Copyright © 2014 State of Michigan