FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 7, 2019
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Public Service Commission today approved Consumers Energy Co.’s integrated resource plan, the first strategic, forward-looking IRP to be acted upon by the MPSC under the state’s energy laws passed in 2016.
The Commission found the contested settlement (Case No. U-20165) is fair and reasonable and assures reliable service to customers.
“This is a significant milestone in the implementation of Michigan’s 2016 energy laws,” said Sally Talberg, chairman of the MPSC. “With this first utility integrated resource plan, we are seeing the positive outcomes of bipartisan legislation and a collaboration among stakeholders. This ultimately benefits customers, optimizes utility investment, and protects the environment with an increased commitment to clean energy and market forces.”
Energy laws that went into effect in 2017 required the Commission to develop modeling parameters and assumptions that utilities must follow in their IRPs, which outline how a company will meet the electric needs of its customers for the next five, 10 and 15 years. The MPSC was also directed to set filing requirements and schedules.
Consumers was the first utility required to submit an IRP. In June 2018 it filed its original plan and on March 23 proposed a significantly modified settlement that most parties supported.
In its order today, the Commission noted the groundbreaking aspects of the agreement: It significantly changes the way Consumers conducts its business by using competitive bidding for future energy supplies. It also moves the company away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy sources and ways to help residential and business customers cut energy waste.
Key aspects of the approved agreement approved:
The parties agreeing to the settlement were Consumers, Commission Staff, Michigan Environmental Council, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Association of Businesses Advocating Tariff Equity, Energy Michigan Inc., Independent Power Producers Coalition, Michigan Chemistry Council, Michigan Electric Transmission Company LLC, and the Department of the Attorney General.
Groups that did not join the settlement, but offered a statement of non-objection, were Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association, Residential Customer Group, Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, Institute for Energy Innovation, Environmental Law and Policy Center, Invenergy, the Ecology Center, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Vote Solar.
Midland Cogeneration Ventures LP did not sign the settlement or indicate whether it would sign a statement of non-objection.
In April, the Solar Energy Industries Association Inc. and Cypress Creek Renewables LLC filed objections to the settlement. The Commission today said the issues raised by SEIA were adequately addressed in the settlement or can be addressed in future cases, and that the settlement met the standard for approval under Michigan law.
In related rulings today:
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DISCLAIMER: This document was prepared to aid the public’s understanding of certain matters before the Commission and is not intended to modify, supplement, or be a substitute for the Commission’s orders. The Commission’s orders are the official action of the Commission.