2016 PA 341, Sec. 6V outlines new requirements for the Commission to implement title II, section 210 of PURPA 1978 as it relates to qualifying facilities.  The act requires that the Commission conduct a proceeding at least every five years to ensure that procedures and rate schedules, including avoided cost rates, are just and reasonable based on PURPA and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulations and orders implementing PURPA.  Within one year of the effective date of the act, and every two years thereafter, the Commission shall issue a report describing the status of Qualifying Facilities (QFs) in the state, the current status of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for each QF, and the Commission’s efforts to comply with the requirements of PURPA.

The Commission established separately docketed cases for all rate-regulated utilities and directed them to make avoided cost calculation filings in June 2016.  The cases are proceeding and links to each docket are provided below.

Related Dockets

The Commission issued an order in docket U-20095 to address issues related to the avoided cost rates for capacity.  Interested parties may file written or electronic comments on the determination of utility capacity requirements over a 10-year planning horizon and the criteria for evaluating a legally enforceable obligation.  Comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 19, 2018.


  • Six Purpa orders issued:
        Consumers 18090 – 2 Remand Orders, 1 Final Order
        DTE 18091 – 1 Remand Order
        UPPCo 18094 – 1 Remand Order, 1 Settlement Order
        Alpena 18089 – 1 Settlement Agreement

Additional Steps

Awaiting final PURPA orders for seven utilities
    DTE 18091 – Final Order needed
    I&M 18092 – no Orders issued
    Northern States 18093 – no Orders issued
    WPS 18095 – no Orders issued
    WEPCo 18096 – no Orders issued

  •    PURPA report is due to the legislature by April 20th


Final Report


March 3, 2016 Agenda
February 10, 2016 Agenda | MPSC Staff | PURPA Administrative Process
February 3, 2016 Agenda | Ken Rose | IPPC 1 | IPPC 2
January 13, 2016 Agenda MPSC Staff | PURPA Implementation
December 8, 2015 Agenda | Elefant | MPSC Staff

PURPA - Related Documents

Issue Brief

Consumers Comments

IPPC Comments

ELCP/5Lakes Comments

Congressional Letters

FERC - PURPA Website

PURPA Title II Compliance Manual

PURPA Contract List – Prepared by MPSC Staff

Reviving PUPRA’s Purpose