Capacity Demonstration

Provisions in 2016 PA 341 Sec. 6w require all electric providers to demonstrate to the MPSC that they have enough resources to serve the anticipated needs of their customers. 


  • Commission order adopts findings and recommendations contained in the Staff reports and opens a new docket for the receipt of 2019 capacty demonstration filings. 
  • Staff issued a supplemental report and recommendations addressing the remaining capacity demonstration filings on March 14, 2018.
  • Staff issued a report outlining findings of capacity demonstrations on March 6, 2018
  • AES, Co-ops, and Municipally owned electric providers filed capacity demonstrations on or around Feb. 9, 2018
  • IOUs filed their capacity demonstrations on December 1, 2017
  • Established a process for investor-owned utilities (IOU), alternative energy suppliers, municipal utilities, and co-op utilities
  • Three orders issued
  • Five stakeholder/technical conferences held

Additional Steps

  • Save the Date! Staff intends to hold a Capacity Demonstration Technical Conference on July 12, 2018 to discuss process improvements for the capacity demonstration process.
  • Local clearing requirements are being determined for the 2022-2023 planning year in a contested case (U-18444)
  • SRM capacity charges for each utility’s service territory should be reviewed at least once per year in a contested case concluding by December 1 each year

             *If any show cause proceedings are required, they will be initiated before March 9, 2018.

  • In an order dated November 12, 2018 in Case U-20348, the Commission directed Commission Staff to work with interested stakeholders to discuss issues related to demand response aggregation. These discussions may result in changes to the currently approved capacity demonstration processes and rqeuirements. 

Task Reports

On September 15, 2017, the MPSC issued an order in Case No. U-18197 outlining the format by which all electric providers in Michigan will be required to file their capacity demonstrations for planning years 2018-2021, pursuant to the State Reliability Mechanism as outlined by Section 6w of PA 341 of 2016. Also see the issue brief released by the Commission.

Also on September 15, 2017, the Commission issued an order in Case No. U-18441, opening a docket which will ultimately become the repository for all capacity demonstrations made by electric providers for planning years 2018-2021.

On October 11, 2017, the Commission issued an order in Case No. U-18444 to establish a forward locational requirement that would be applicable starting in the 2022 planning year. Please see docket U-18444 to review the order and press release as well as to participate in the contested case or to follow the case as it progresses.

Task Events

May 3, 2019 DR Stakeholder Meeting Agenda TBD 
March 12, 2019  DR Stakeholder Meeting Agenda TBD
February 13, 2019 DR Stakeholder Meeting Agenda 
July 12, 2018 Technical Conference Agenda
May 17, 2018 U-18441 Commission Order
March 14, 2018 U-18441 Staff Supplemental Report and Recommendations 
March 6, 2018 U-18441 Staff Report and Recommendations 
October 11, 2017 U-18444 Commission Order
September 15, 2017 U-18197 Commission Order
U-18441 Commission Order
August 1, 2017 Staff Recommendation
July 17, 2017 Written Position Summaries
July 10, 2017 Technical Conference Agenda
June 29-30, 2017

Technical Conference Signup
June 29th Technical Conference Agenda | Presentation
June 30th Technical Conference Agenda | Presentation

June 8, 2017

Technical Conference Agenda
MPSC Staff Presentation | MISO Presentation

April 26, 2017 Agenda | Presentation
April 11, 2017 Agenda

Task - Related Documents

U-20154 Capacity Demonstration Templates (PY 2022-2023) 

U-20154 Commission Order approves updated capacity demonstration documents and templates and directs LSE's to file their 2019 capacity demonstrations for the 2022-2023 planning year.

U-18441 Staff Supplemental Report and Recommendations 

U-18441 Staff Report and Recommendations 

Capacity Demonstration Frequently Asked Questions

U-18441 and U-18197 Staff Capacity Obligation Memo

U-18441 Capacity Demonstration Reporting Template (PY 2018-2021)