Performance Based Regulation Report

2016 PA 341,Sec. 6u requires the Commission to commence a study addressing performance based regulation (PBR), under which a utility’s authorized rate of return would depend on the utility achieving targeted policy outcomes.  Commission staff will initially collaborate with stakeholders on this topic including representatives of each customer class, utilities whose rates are regulated by the Commission and other interested parties.

The Commission shall provide a report to the legislature and governor based on the result of the study conducted under this section by April 20, 2018.


  • Internal MPSC workgroup collected and reviewed pertinent literature
  • Five stakeholder meetings have been held
  • Stakeholder participation has included utilities, AG’s office, other organizations and non-profit agencies
  • Outside resources including the Brattle Group, Accenture and the Regulatory Assistance Project have participated with the stakeholder sessions
  • MPSC workgroup has assembled a draft PBR report for stakeholder and Commission review
  • Draft report includes appendices document for reference to technical material

Additional Steps

  • Draft report was distributed to stakeholders in late December, 2017
  • Continued Commission review of draft report
  • Report due to the legislature on April 20, 2018

PBR Reports

Draft Michigan Public Service Commission Study of Performance Based Regulation
Draft Appendices A-E
Appendix F
Appendix G
Appendix H

PBR Events

November 8, 2017

PBR Stakeholder Forum Agenda

September 29, 2017

Deadline for Stakeholder feedback on Draft Outline
Stakeholder feedback

August 28, 2017

Stakeholder Feedback Session 

August 11, 2017

Staff Presentation PBR Theory

July 24, 2017 

PBR Kickoff Meeting Agenda
Staff Presentation PBR Report Overview
RAP PBR Options for Michigan
Draft PBR Report Outline
RAP PBR Presentation
Staff PBR Theory presentation abbreviated
Consumers Energy Presentation
DTE Energy Presentation

March 13, 2017 PBR Workgroup Presentation

PBR Related Documents

Stakeholder Comments on PBR Draft Report
Follow-up Stakeholder Feedback
Draft Outline
Initial Draft Outline and Bibliography Initial Comments
PBR Timeline

Performance Based Regulation Plans, Goals, Incentives and Alignment
Next Generation Performance Based Regulation
Reforming Electricity Regulation in New York State: Lessons from the United Kingdom
Alternative Regulation for Emerging Utility Challenges: 2015 Update
Performance-Based Regulation in a High Distributed Energy Resources Future
Performance-Based Regulation for Pennsylvania
ELCON Performance Based Regulation 
State Performance-Based Regulation Using Multiyear Rate Plans for U.S. Electric Utilities
Performance-Based Regulation Options