MPSC Approves Consumers Energy Company's Request to Eliminate Renewable Energy Surcharge

Contact:  Judy Palnau, 517-241-3323
Agency:  Michigan Public Service Commission

June 19, 2014 -
The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today approved Consumers Energy Company's revised renewable energy plan (REP), except for the customer-owned portion of the solar Experimental Advanced Renewable Energy Program (EARP), which the Commission is holding in abeyance until it has the opportunity to consider the final report of the solar working group convened by the MPSC staff. Effective with the July billing month, the renewable energy surcharge will be eliminated. Currently, the renewable energy surcharge for Consumers Energy residential electric customers is 52 cents per month.

"The elimination of the renewable energy surcharge reflects the falling cost of wind-generated energy," said MPSC Chairman John D. Quackenbush. "Technology improvements make wind energy more efficient, reducing its cost and benefitting customers."

The utility on May 28, 2013 filed an application requesting review and approval of its amended REP. Today's order approved the amended REP (except for the customer-owned portion of the solar EARP, which it is holding in abeyance) and the EARP program for anaerobic digesters. The utility was directed to file its renewable energy plan biennial review case, which shall include an evaluation of the pilot experimental advanced renewable energy program and a proposal for continuing the program, by May 26, 2015.

The MPSC is an agency within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Case No. U-17301

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