MPSC Issues Annual Electric Competition Report Showing Choice Expansion into Two New Utility Service Territories

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


January 31, 2014 -
The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today released its annual report on electric competition, the 12th full year of electric customer choice in Michigan. The year 2013 marked the first time that customers within the service territories of Wisconsin Electric Power Company (WEPCo) and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPSC) participated in electric choice programs.

Highlights from the report include:

  • Alternative Electric Suppliers (AESs) served approximately 6,660 electric choice customers throughout the state in 2013, compared to 6,800 in 2012. This represents approximately 2,410 MW of electric demand, an increase of 396 MW from 2012. As of December 2013, approximately 11,400 customers remain in the queue.
  • Until 2012, AESs only served in Consumers Energy and DTE Electric Company service territories. During 2012, AESs began serving customers in the Indiana Michigan Power Company (I & M) and Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCo) service territories. In 2013, AESs began serving customers in the WEPCo and WPSC service territories, while I & M no longer has any customers participating in electric choice.
  • Public Act 286 of 2008 generally caps electric choice at 10 percent of an electric utility's average weather-adjusted retail sales for the preceding year. Both Consumers Energy and DTE Electric Company service territories were fully subscribed at the cap throughout 2013, with 5,338,503 megawatt-hours (MWh) and 5,181,881 MWh in their respective queues at the end of 2013. I & M had zero MWh in its queue; UPPCo had 10,286 MWh in its queue; WEPCo had 1,350 MWh in its queue; and WPSC had zero MWh in its queue.
  • Electric choice load served in the Consumers Energy service territory at the end of 2013 totaled 4,011,850 MWh, as compared to 3,913,906 MWh in 2012. The number of choice customers in Consumers Energy service territory was 1,065 in 2013, compared to 1,064 in 2012.
  • Electric choice load served in the DTE Electric Company service territory at the end of 2013 totaled 5,163,132 MWh, compared to 5,316,260 MWh in 2012. The number of choice customers in DTE Electric Company service territory decreased to 5,491 from 5,672 in 2012.
  • Electric choice load served in I & M service territory at the end of 2013 totaled zero MWh, as compared to 163,950 MWh in 2012. The number of choice customers at the end of 2013 was zero, compared to 122 in 2012.
  • Electric choice load served in UPPCo service territory at the end of 2013 was 84,686 MWh, compared to 13,732 MWh in 2012. The number of choice customers there was 39 in 2013, compared to 4 in 2012.
  • Electric choice load served in WEPCo service territory at the end of 2013 was 2,173,619, compared to zero MWh in 2012. The number of choice customers there was 51 in 2013, compared to zero in 2012.
  • Electric choice load served in WPSC service territory at the end of 2013 was 21,537 MWh, compared to zero in 2012. The number of choice customers there was 13 in 2013, compared to zero in 2012.
  • There were 27 licensed AESs in Michigan at the end of 2013, with 12 actively serving customers. This reflects the addition of four new AES licenses, the revocation of one license as a result of non-compliance, and the voluntary relinquishment of two licenses.
  • The number of residential choice customers participating in the electric choice program is negligible. However, during 2013, residential customers were placed into the queues for both Consumers Energy and DTE Electric Company.

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

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

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