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Grid Security and Reliability Standards

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MI Power Grid Optimizing Grid Investments & Performance StampThe MPSC and the public expect utility companies to meet certain levels of performance related to service quality, reliability, worker safety, and physical and cyber security. MPSC rules outline these requirements and need to be reviewed and updated to ensure utilities are held to appropriate standards.

Rulemaking Background

Introductory Workgroup Notification

Actions to Date

  • Annual reports from electric utilities on performance in meeting service quality/reliability standards (U-12270)
    • DTE Electric Reliability and Power Quality Reports (U-16065)
    • Consumers Energy Electric Reliability and Power Quality Reports (U-16066)
  • MPSC Staff informal Multi-State Report of service quality and performance standards in other jurisdictions
  • Addition of cyber security reporting requirements to Technical Standards (U-18203)
  • As a result of the Statewide Energy Assessment (U-20464 - Recommendations E-3, S-2, and S-10), the Commission directed Staff to establish workgroups that will look to other states for best practices and optimal standards regarding rule sets. The workgroups will consider current and probable future technological advances in electric distribution systems and electric service, and will recommend changes to the standards in keeping with those advances. The Commission's goal is that input from the workgroups will provide a foundation for potential future rule changes that are flexible and responsive to changing technology and that ensure safe, reliable electric service.
  • Investigate and recommend updates to the Service Quality and Reliability Rules and Technical Standards for Electric Service, based on best practices in other states, as well as, recommendations from Statewide Energy Assessment (SEA)
  • The stakeholder process took place from December 2019 to July 2020
  • Staff's initial report filed on July 31, 2020
  • Staff's final report filed on December 15, 2020
  • The Public Hearings to receive public comments for each ruleset was held on December 9, 2021
  • Public Comments for each ruleset were received by January 6, 2022

Next Steps

  • The rulesets governing the Service Quality and Reliability Standards for Electric Distribution Systems, Technical Standards for Electric Service and Customer Billing and Consumer Standards and Billing Practices were approved by the Commission on March 17, 2022.
  • These rulesets were submitted to the Legislative Service Bureau and the Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules for their formal approvals. Upon formal approval of these rulesets by the Legislative Service Bureau and the Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules, they shall be transmitted to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.
  • See orders in U-20629 (Service Quality and Reliability Standards for Electric Distribution Systems), U-20630 (Technical Standards for Electric Service), and U-21150 (Customer Standards and Billing Practices for Electric and Natural Gas Service) for further details.

Stakeholder Sessions

March 12, 2020 (Teleconference Only)

Service Quality and Reliability Standards for Electric Distribution Systems (U-20629)

Agenda | Presentation

Technical Standards for Electric Service (U-20630)

Agenda | Presentation

February 12, 2020

Technical Standards for Electric Service (U-20630)

Agenda | Presentation | Recording

Service Quality and Reliability Standards for Electric Distribution Systems (U-20629)

Agenda | Presentation | Recording

January 8, 2020

Technical Standards for Electric Service (U-20630): 

Agenda | Presentation | Recording

Service Quality and Reliability Standards for Electric Distribution Systems (U-20629)

Agenda | Presentation | Recording

December 3, 2019

Agenda | Presentation | Recording


Staff Leads

Charyl Kirkland (Service Quality & Reliability Standards for Electric Distribution Systems)
Tayler Becker (Technical Standards for Electric Service)
Brian Sheldon (Technical Standards for Electric Service - Cyber)


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Related MPSC Case(s)


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