- Ensuring adequate sharing of information throughout the planning process on a local and detailed level.
- Evaluating energy infrastructure alternatives, including proposed transmission projects.
- Examining the cost effects of various alternatives on Michigan customers.
- Recommending the most effective ways for Michigan stakeholders to participate in regional planning processes, and related state and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proceedings, including MPSC Act 30 certification proceedings.
- In July 2008, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) issued an order in Case No. U-15590 which established the Michigan Planning Consortium (MPC) to improve the planning process for electricity infrastructure projects and identify possible ways to reduce costs to ratepayers. The initial goals of the MPC include the following:
- The Commission directed the MPSC staff to work with involved stakeholders, including, but not limited to, representatives from regional transmission organizations, transmission owners, generators, distribution companies, independent power producers, and alternative energy suppliers.