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Competitive Procurement

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.

MI Power Grid Integrating Emerging Technologies StampAs older electric generation plants retire, new resources will need to be brought online to replace them. Competitively bidding new resources can help to show what options are available, ensure emerging technologies can be considered as part of utility planning and procurement, and result in lower costs for customers.

Actions to Date

  • MPSC competitive bid guidelines approved for renewable energy plans in U-15806 (existing guidelines approved in 2008)
  • DTE Certificate of Need order provides guidance on avoiding limitations in RFPs used in competitive bids (U-18419)
  • MPSC approved competitive solicitation for new solar in Consumers Energy's integrated resource plan (U-20165)
  • MPSC provided guidance to DTE Energy in renewable energy plan case (U-18232) re: competitive procurement; further review in DTE's integrated resource plan
  • U-20852 - Commission launched competitive procurement workgroup to develop recommended competitive bidding rules or guidance that also align with the comprehensive planning processes being developed through the MI Power Grid collaborative in Case No. U-20633. The Commission's objective for the Competitive Procurement Workgroup is to ensure strong, technology-neutral market response and value for ratepayers though transparency, non-discriminatory access, certainty, and fairness in bidding processes.

Next Steps

September 2020 - Quarter 1 2021 - Workgroup sessions

  • Investigate recent trends in competitive solicitation of resources
  • Monitor Consumers Energy's competitive solicitation process
  • Work with Consumers Energy, DTE Energy and stakeholders to refine competitive solicitation


Stakeholder Sessions


Agenda | Presentation 1 | Presentation 2 |  Recording 

February 18, 2021 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda| Presentation | Recording

January 12, 2021 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda | Presentation | Recording

October 22, 2020 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda | Staff Presentation | Consumers Presentation | DTE Presentation | I&M Presentation | Recording

September 14, 2020 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda | Staff Presentation | LBNL Presentation |  Recording 

Staff Lead

Jesse Harlow

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