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New Technologies and Business Models

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 StampA number of new technologies and business models are quickly becoming commercialized, expanding options and providing new opportunities to control costs while also posing unique challenges. Fast-growing commercially available technologies include electric vehicles and battery (and other) storage at both distribution and utility scale, while other technologies are still in development but may soon be commercially viable at competitive prices.

Actions to Date

On January 12, 2022, the Revised Final Staff report was filed in Case No. U-20898.  Revision includes corrections to Appendices N-5 and N-14.

On December 1, 2021, the Final Staff report was filed in Case No. U-20898.

On July 27, 2021, the Commission order in Case No. U-20898 extended the deadline for the Staff report to December 1, 2021.

On October 29, 2020, the Commission order in Case No. U-20898 established the New Technologies and Business Models workgroup.
The order details initial topics as well as questions of interest it envisions the workgroup will explore.


Electric Vehicles

  • Technical collaborative at MPSC (U-18368)
  • Decisions for Consumers Energy (U-20134), DTE Electric (U-20162), and Indiana Michigan Power (U-20282)


  • Michigan Agency for Energy "Plugging Into Storage" symposium and Report to the Legislature

Next Steps

 Staff will stay current on Michigan utility efforts regarding new technologies and business models.

Staff Report Timeline

  • June 2021:                    Draft technology specific barriers and solution tables
                                                 Electric Vehicles
                                                 Heat Pumps
                                                 Behind the Meter and Community Solar
                                                 Combined Heat and Power
  • August 2021:                Draft Staff report distributed to stakeholders
  • October 4, 2021:          Comments on Draft Staff report due
  • December 1, 2021:      Final Staff report filed to docket
  • January 12, 2022:        Revised Final Staff report filed to docket

Stakeholder Comments

Stakeholder Sessions

January 27, 2021: Kickoff (Teleconference Only)

Agenda | Presentations | Recording

February 10, 2021: Electric Vehicles (Teleconference Only)

Agenda | Presentations | Recording

February 24, 2021: Space & Water Heating using Heat Pumps (Teleconference Only)

Agenda | Presentations | Recording

March 10, 2021: Behind the Meter & Community Solar (Teleconference Only)

Agenda | Presentations | Recording

March 24, 2021: Storage (Teleconference Only)

Agenda | Presentations | Recording

April 7, 2021: Combined Heat and Power (Teleconference Only)

Agenda | Presentations | Recording

April 21, 2021: Microgrids (Teleconference Only)

Agenda | Presentations | Recording

May 19, 2021: Alternative Business and Ownership Models (Teleconference Only)

Agenda | Presentations | Recording

June 16, 2021: Summary, Discussion, Closing (Teleconference Only)

Agenda | Presentations | Recording

Staff Lead

Joy Wang

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