Electric consumption through Michigan's choice program increases in 2018, MPSC annual report finds

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   February 1, 2019

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LANSING, Mich. – Consumption of electricity by those enrolled in Michigan’s electric choice program grew slightly in 2018, according to the Michigan Public Service Commission’s Status of Electric Competition report released today.

Choice customers had approximately 1,970 megawatts of electric demand, which is an increase of about 8 megawatts from 2017. The number of customers in the program was 5,819, down from 5,929 the previous year, according to the report. Nearly all program participants were commercial and industrial customers, including large manufacturers, retailers, restaurants, healthcare facilities, and schools. 

The Customer Choice and Electricity Reliability Act of 2000 opened Michigan’s utility service market to competition, allowing limited customers to buy electricity from either their local electric supplier or an alternative supplier. Public Act 286 of 2008 limited the amount of electric load that could be designated through the choice program to 10 percent of an electric utility’s average weather-adjusted retail sales for the preceding calendar year.

According to the report, there were approximately 6,654 customers in 2018 interested in participating in the choice program, if space became available under the 10 percent cap. Also, there were 24 alternative electric suppliers licensed by the MPSC, with nine of them serving customers.

The electric choice programs for Consumers Energy Co., DTE Electric Co., Upper Peninsula Power Co., Upper Michigan Energy Resource Corp., and Cloverland Electric Cooperative were at their 10 percent cap throughout 2018. Information about electric choice participation for each utility can be found at their websites.

The MPSC’s Customer Choice webpage has customer, supplier, and program information.

Michigan is one of 20 jurisdictions with full or limited retail electric market restructuring in 2018.

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