2016 PA 341, Sec. 6V outlines new requirements for the Commission to implement title II, section 210 of PURPA 1978 as it relates to qualifying facilities.  The act requires that the Commission conduct a proceeding at least every five years to ensure that procedures and rate schedules, including avoided cost rates, are just and reasonable based on PURPA and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulations and orders implementing PURPA.  Within one year of the effective date of the act, and every two years thereafter, the Commission shall issue a report describing the status of Qualifying Facilities (QFs) in the state, the current status of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for each QF, and the Commission’s efforts to comply with the requirements of PURPA.

In October 2015, the Commission directed the MPSC's Electric Reliability Division to form a Technical Advisory Committee for the purpose of considering the MPSC’s implementation of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, Pub L No. 95-617, 92 Stat 3117 (PURPA). The PURPA Technical Advisory Committee held a series of meetings and a report was issued by Staff on April 8, 2016.  Following the issuance of the report, the Commission established separately docketed cases for all rate-regulated utilities and directed them to make avoided cost calculation filings in June 2016.  The cases are proceeding and links to each docket are provided below.


  • Five Purpa orders issued:
        Consumers 18090 – 2 Remand Orders, 1 Final Order
        DTE 18091 – 1 Remand Order
        UPPCo 18094 – 1 Remand Orders

Additional Steps

  • Awaiting final PURPA orders for seven utilities
        DTE 18091 – Final Order needed
        UPPCo 18094 – Final Order needed
        I&M 18092 – no Orders issued
        Northern States 18093 – no Orders issued
        WPS 18095 – no Orders issued
        WEPCo 18096 – no Orders issued
        Alpena 18089 – Approval of settlement agreement
  • PURPA report is due to the legislature by April 20th


Final Report


March 3, 2016 Agenda
February 10, 2016 Agenda | MPSC Staff | PURPA Administrative Process
February 3, 2016 Agenda | Ken Rose | IPPC 1 | IPPC 2
January 13, 2016 Agenda MPSC Staff | PURPA Implementation
December 8, 2015 Agenda | Elefant | MPSC Staff

PURPA - Related Documents

Issue Brief

Consumers Comments

IPPC Comments

ELCP/5Lakes Comments

Congressional Letters

FERC - PURPA Website

PURPA Title II Compliance Manual

PURPA Contract List – Prepared by MPSC Staff

Reviving PUPRA’s Purpose