MPSC approves revised DTE Electric voluntary green pricing program

Editor's Note: This version corrects the subscription fee for wind to 5.2 cents per kilowatt/hour.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   February 21, 2019

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LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Public Service Commission today approved DTE Electric Co.’s revised voluntary green pricing program, which allows residential and small commercial customers to designate how much of the electricity they use is to be generated from renewable sources.

With the revisions, the Commission determined the MIGreenPower program now meets the criteria set in Section 61 of Public Act 342 of 2016 (Case No. U-18352). In October 2018, the MPSC ordered DTE Electric to make changes to the program because of concerns the Commission had about cost, particularly for marketing and administration; pricing transparency; customer options; an enrollment cap; and a lack of expansion plans.

DTE Electric refiled its plan Feb. 4 and MPSC staff determined the changes did meet the requirements the Commission adopted in December 2017.

Under the revised program, customers who want their electricity generated by wind and solar resources will pay a subscription fee of 7.2 cents per kilowatt hour (a net cost of 3.3 cents). Those who want to exclusively use wind will pay a subscription fee of 5.2 cents per kilowatt hour (a net cost of 2.3 cents). The cap on kilowatt hours was eliminated and more resources will be added when the program is at least 75 percent subscribed. The MPSC will review all costs in biennial reports DTE Electric is instructed to file with the Commission

The Commission approved in January DTE Electric’s voluntary green pricing pilot program for industrial and larger commercial customers (Case No. U-20343).    

Other rulings today

MPSC TO HOST CONSUMERS ENERGY’S EV PILOT MEETING

The Commission in May will host an introductory public meeting on Consumers Energy Co.’s PowerMIDrive electric vehicle pilot programs (Case No. U-20134). PowerMIDrive is a three-year, $10 million series of programs to support the growing EV market in Michigan through rates, rebates, and customer education. The meeting will be at the Commission’s offices, 7109 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing.

COMMENTS SOUGHT ON UPDATED MISS DIG INCIDENT FORMS

The public is asked to comment on proposed changes to forms that are used to report and track damages to underground facilities under the MISS DIG Underground Facility Damage and Safety Act (Case No. U-17497). The proposed electronic form, which is posted in the case docket along with the order, streamlines the reporting process and enhances the quality and relevance of the information gathered for an incident investigation. Comments can be submitted by 5 p.m. March 5 either in writing to Executive Secretary, Michigan Public Service Commission, P.O.  Box 30221, Lansing, Michigan 48909 or by email to mpscedockets@michigan.gov. Based on stakeholder input, final proposed changes to the forms will be available for review by March 12 in the case docket with a deadline for final comments of 5 p.m. March 22. 

COMPANIES CAN INTERVENE IN DTE ELECTRIC PURPA CASE

Three companies are allowed to intervene in DTE Electric Co.’s avoided cost calculation methods case before the MPSC, the Commission ruled (Case No. U-18091). Cypress Creek Renewables LLC, Geronimo Energy, and sPower Development Co. LLC were not initially involved in the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act case. But each requested to be added when the Commission granted a rehearing following the MPSC’s approval in April 2018 of certificates of necessity for DTE Electric to build a natural gas combined cycle plant in St. Clair County. The Commission ruled that allowing the companies to intervene will provide additional information for an appropriate decision on avoided costs and will not delay a decision.

THREE PROVIDERS RECEIVE TELECOM CARRIER STATUS

Crystal Automation Systems, Inc., also known as Casair, Inc. (Case No. U-20329); Midwest Energy Cooperative, doing business as Midwest Energy and Communications (Case No. U-17861); and Tri-County Electric Cooperative, known as HomeWorks Connect, (Case No. U-20334); have been designated as eligible telecommunications carriers. The three are approved to expand and enhance rural broadband networks and provide Lifeline service to low-income customers in Michigan.

To look up cases from today’s meeting, access the eDockets filing system here.

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DISCLAIMER: This document was prepared to aid the public’s understanding of certain matters before the Commission and is not intended to modify, supplement, or be a substitute for the Commission’s orders. The Commission’s orders are the official action of the Commission.

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