Michigan Public Service Commission OKs temporary DTE Energy billing change; UPPCo must offer rate increase refunds

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today approved a temporary billing practices waiver for DTE Energy (DTE).

DTE will notify about 5,800 electric and gas customers that they will receive a Rebill Statement. It’s expected the number of customers affected will drop to only a few hundred each month once modifications are made to DTE’s new billing system.

The issue (Case No. U-18343) arose after DTE switched to a new billing process called Customer 360 and historical customer account information could not be accessed from the old system.

The Commission also approved a settlement agreement with Upper Peninsula Power Co. (UPPCo) to refund $497,310, plus interest – for a total of $525,270 -- on non-residential customers’ bills effective in June.

The refund stems from payments the utility collected from ratepayers during a Commission-approved rate increase self-implementation period while UPPCo was awaiting a rate hike ruling (Case No. U-18220).

In other Commission action today:

  • Approved a settlement agreement (Case No. 18148) between Wisconsin Electric Power Co. and Tilden Mining Co. L.C. for a power supply cost recovery plan. The agreed-upon rate is $0.00243 per kWh.

  • Scheduled a hearing for 9 a.m. May 25, 2017, for public comments on amending the Electrical Supply and Communication Lines and Associated Equipment rule (Case No. 18362). The hearing will be at the Commission’s offices at 7109 W. Saginaw, Lansing. Comments can also be sent to Executive Secretary, Michigan Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 30221, Lansing, MI 48909 or mpscedockets@michigan.gov.

  • Approved a settlement agreement (Case No. U-18155) with Northern States Power Co. for a gas cost recovery plan for the 12-month period ending March 31, 2018. The agreed base GCR factor will be up to $0.4583 per therm.

  • Ordered Consumers Energy to cover the cost of installing safety equipment needed at the Boyce Hydro Power LLC’s Sanford plant (Case No. U-17930). Consumers Energy argued the installation substantially changed terms of an interconnection agreement, but Boyce disputed the work on a generator and turbine nullified the agreement.

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