In an order dated September 11, 2019, the Michigan Public Service Commission opened docket U-20631 and directed the Staff to establish a collaborative group consisting of Staff experts, representatives from Consumers Energy Company, DTE Energy Company, Michigan Electric and Gas Association member utilities, other natural gas distribution and transmission companies, and other interested stakeholders. The Mutual Aid Agreements and Transmission Contingency Planning Workgroup is collaboratively working to review and discuss the development of mutual aid agreements for all natural gas distribution utilities, and how best to facilitate the development of gas transmission contingency planning. The Commission noted, in the final Statewide Energy Assessment report, that mutual assistance agreements for natural gas utilities could result in improvements to safely restore natural gas service as expeditiously as possible.
The Commission finds that these topics should be divided into separate distribution and transmission phases, I and II respectively. A report to the docket with Phase I findings due March 30, 2020 and Phase II findings due March 30, 2021.
During the aftermath of an emergency event, natural gas service to customers is safely restored as expeditiously as possible.
To coordinate and optimize the review of current mutual aid agreements, discuss the development of stronger mutual aid agreements, and how best to facilitate the development of gas transmission contingency planning. The collaboratives shall also review and discuss issues related to small versus large operators, and whether utility tariffs should be revised.
Phase I - The focus of the distribution collaborative group shall be:
Phase II - The focus of the transmission collaborative group shall be: