Five-Year Distribution Plans

Scope and Background

Michigan’s aging distribution system is in need of significant investment to provide a safe, reliable and accessible distribution grid going forward all while maintaining reasonable rates for customers. In response the MPSC initiated a process to review the largest rate regulated electric utilities’ distribution planning process as outlined below.

In the first quarter of 2017, the MPSC directed DTE Electric and Consumers Energy, through rate case Orders (as linked below), to develop and submit five-year distribution investment and maintenance plans.  The intent of this directive was to increase visibility into utility distribution system needs and facilitate a comprehensive review of long-term distribution planning by the Commission, MPSC Staff, and other interested parties, with more transparency than one-year outlooks in contested rate case proceedings. 

On April 12, 2018 in Case No. U-20147, the MPSC issued an order requiring DTE and Consumers to file their final distribution plans in that docket, asked for Staff and stakeholder comments on the final plan to be filed in the same docket, and required Staff to set up a technical conference to review comments. This technical conferences took place on August 7, 2018. In a November 2018 order, the Commission addressed the Staff's September 1, 2018 recommendations and provided other guidance on the next round of distribution plans which are scheduled for the second quarter 2020. Staff will continue to engage stakeholders on these topics.  

Additionally, the MPSC ordered Indiana Michigan Power, in an order issued in Case No. U-18370 (linked below), to submit a draft  five-year distribution plan by October 31, 2018 and a final plan by May 1, 2019. Comments on this plan were submitted in the U-20147 docket. 

All comments throughout the process along with final distribution plans and Staff reports are available for review in the U-20147 Docket here:

Five-Year Distribution Plan Docket

2019 Stakeholder Sessions

Continued stakeholder activity will take place prior to the submittal of the next round of utility distribution plans which are scheduled for 2020.  Utility representatives, subject matter experts, Commission staff and other interested stakeholders are invited to participate in in a series of four stakeholder sessions held between June & October, 2019.  These stakeholder sessions will feature discussions about distribution planning topics and forthcoming utility distribution planning outlines.

June 27, 2019 Agenda for Distribution Planning Stakeholder Information Session 

June 27, 2019 Distribution Planning Stakeholder Information Session Skype Recording

June 27, 2019 Distribution Planning Stakeholder Information Session Presentations

Final Five Year Distribution Plans

DTE Five-Year Distribution Plan 2018-2022
Consumers Energy Five-Year Distribution Plan 2018-2022
Indiana Michigan Five-Year Distribution Plan 

Relevant Rate Case Orders Initiating Process

Consumers Energy – U-17990
DTE Electric – U-18014
Indiana Michigan Power Company – ​U-18370

Other Documents

MPSC Issue Brief Distribution Planning – October 11, 2017


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