Click on the Question to Comment through April 25, 2013
- 1. What are possible definitions of "reliability" that have been used or proposed for use by policy makers? What studies exist regarding the economic and environmental benefits of baseline or "additional" reliability?
- 2. What is the potential in Michigan for non-renewable generation from Michigan energy sources?
- 3. What are the effects on Michigan of belonging to multiple regional transmission organizations? What voting structures are used in both systems, and how many votes in each system are allocated to Michigan entities? What percentage of each system do Michigan customers represent?
- 4. What time period is allowed for rate case decisions in Michigan and other jurisdictions?
- 5. What has been Michigan's experience with the self-implementation of rates?
- 6. Do other jurisdictions have (or have had) a policy of self-implementation to reduce "regulatory lag"? How are they similar or different from Michigan's, in design and effect?
- 7. What policies does Michigan have regarding siting of transmission, and how does that compare to and/or coordinate with policies regarding siting of generation?
- 8. What are other states doing regarding rate structures for large volume users?
- 9. What is the current status of Michigan gas storage capacity versus utilization? Is there room for gas storage expansion?
- 10. What is the status of Michigan's current natural gas pipeline capacity? Is there currently sufficient capacity to not only move natural gas around the state, but also to get natural gas into the state?
- 11. To what extent do federal subsidies impact electric rates for other regions of the country (ex: the Tennessee Valley Authority, Western Area Power Administration)?
- 12. What steps have been taken and could be taken to ensure grid reliability in all regions of Michigan?
- 13. What steps have been taken and could be taken to ensure the availability and reliability of electricity delivery in the Upper Peninsula?
- 14. Why have Michigan's rates gone from below the national average to above the national average over the past several years?
How have environmental capital improvements, deskewing, capital improvements for reliability, delivered fuel price increases, a sluggish economy, renewable energy surcharges, and energy efficiency surcharges impacted Michigan's rates?
- 15. What are the major reasons for the cost increases seen over the past several years for delivered coal to Michigan?