Energy Programs and Technology Pilots

MI Power Grid Customer Engagement Stamp

Notice: MI Power Grid meetings and all other MPSC workgroup meetings will be conducted via teleconference only until further notice. Please find remote access information for upcoming meetings on our calendar of events. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Utility companies use pilot projects to test new or experimental ideas. This helps utilities, stakeholders, and the MPSC learn what may work on a larger scale, as well as where to improve. Past pilot projects have involved energy waste reduction, electric vehicles, advanced metering infrastructure, and rates that vary based on when electricity is used. Having a standard process to evaluate pilot projects can help the MPSC and stakeholders decide whether expanding these programs is beneficial to customers.


Actions to Date

  • MPSC has approved previous pilot projects, including:
    • Energy Waste Reduction
    • Electric Vehicles
    • Microgrids
    • Advanced Metering Infrastructure
    • Time-of-use Rates
    • Non-wires Alternatives

Next Steps

  • Engage with utilities and stakeholders on existing pilot projects to understand outcomes and apply learnings
  • Investigate past MPSC actions (re: pilots) and look at best practices in other states to propose objective criteria for Commission/Staff to utilize when evaluating proposed utility pilot projects
  • Work with utilities and stakeholders to identify potential areas for additional pilot proposals, including:
    • Distributed generation
    • Storage
    • Microgrid
    • Third-party Owned Community Solar
    • On-bill Financing
    • Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

 

Staff Report Timeline

  • July 31, 2020:                   Draft report released to stakeholders
  • August 17, 2020:             Deadline for comments on draft report
  • September 30, 2020:      Final report filed to docket

 


Stakeholder Sessions

June 25, 2020 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda | Presentations

June 11, 2020 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda | Presentations | Recording

May 28, 2020 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda | Presentations | Recording

May 14, 2020 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda | Presentations | Recording

April 30, 2020 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda | Presentations | Recording

April 16, 2020 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda | Presentations | Recording

March 19, 2020

This meeting has been postponed

February 27, 2020

Agenda | Presentations | Recording


Staff Lead

Joy Wang


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