Phase II - Integration of Resource/Distribution/Transmission Planning

MI Power Grid Optimizing Grid Investments & Performance Stamp

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Utility companies and stakeholders engage in separate processes to determine what upgrades to make to the electric resource mix, transmission system, and distribution system. Decisions made in each of these processes impact customer costs. Doing a better job of integrating these processes, with the goal of evaluating alternatives that provide the best value, will result in a more efficient system and lower costs for customers.


Actions to Date

  • Statewide Energy Assessment recommendations (U-20464):
    • Identify refinements to Integrated Resource Plan parameters related to forecasts of Distributed Energy Resources and reliability needs re: intermittent resources (Recommendation E-5)
    • Develop framework to evaluate non-wires alternatives in distribution plans/integrated resource plans (Recommendation E-5)
    • Propose revisions to integrated resource plan modeling parameters/filing requirements to better accommodate transmission alternatives in integrated resource plans (Recommendation E-8.1)
    • Utilities to work with Staff and stakeholders to propose a methodology to quantify the value of generation diversity in integrated resource plans (Recommendation E-6)
  • August 20, 2020 Commission Order (Case No. U-20633) directed Staff to:
    • Work with interested stakeholders and utilities to discuss ways to align integrated resource planning and distribution planning. 
    • Coordinate with the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy on the inclusion of public health and environmental justice considerations in future integrated resource planning cases.
    • File a report of findings and recommendations to this docket no later than May 27, 2021. 
  • October 29, 2020, in response to Governor Whitmer's Executive Directive 2020-10 and Executive Order 2020-182, Commission Order (Case No. U-20633) directed Staff to:
    • Work with the stakeholder group established in the August 20 order to determine how to update IRP planning parameters and filing requirements to take into account the goals set by Michigan's utilities and how these goals align with the greenhouse gas emissions targets set by Governor Whitmer.
    • File a report of Staff recommendations no later than December 15, 2020.
  • December 15, 2020 Staff Report in response to the October 29,2020 Commission Order in Case No. U-20633
  • April 15, 2021 Integration of Resource, Distribution, and Transmission Planning Draft Report
  • May27, 2021 Integration of Resource, Distribution, and Transmission Planning Final Report

Next Steps

  • Evaluate value of generation diversity in order to incorporate into integrated resource plan review
  • MPSC Staff to convene a stakeholder workgroup looking at integration of planning efforts, to coordinate better alignment of electric distribution plans with integrated resource plans to develop cohesive, holistic plans and optimize investments considering cost, reliability, and risk; make recommendations to MPSC by May 27, 2021
  • Stakeholder workgroup to examine the role of transmission planning and the relationship with integrated resource planning and distribution planning
  • MPSC Staff efforts to stay current on best practices for forecasting to support informed planning decisions and mitigate risk; areas of emphasis:
    • Energy waste reduction and demand response impacts
    • Distribution planning scenarios
    • Electric vehicle-related impacts on forecasting
    • Green pricing demand forecasts

Stakeholder Sessions

March 2, 2021 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

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February 9, 2021 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

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January 19, 2021 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda | Presentation | CommentsRecording

December 16, 2020 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda | Presentation | CommentsRecording

November 18, 2020 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda | Presentation | Recording

November 6, 2020 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda | Presentation | CommentsRecording

October 21, 2020 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda |  Presentation | Comments | Recording

September 24, 2020 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda | Presentation | Comments Recording


Staff Lead

Naomi Simpson

Assistant Staff Leads

Patrick Hudson

Jesse Harlow

Roger Doherty


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