10/13/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/13/2021 13:13
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 13, 2021
The Michigan Public Service Commission has released a status report on the second year of its MI Power Grid initiative the Commission launched in 2019 in partnership with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to help guide Michigan residents and businesses through fast-paced changes in the energy industry and better enable a transition to clean, distributed sources of electricity.
MI Power Grid (Case No. U-20645) is a multiyear effort designed to help maximize the benefits to Michiganders as electricity providers transition away from large, centrally located power plants to smaller clean, distributed energy resources including solar, battery storage and energy efficiency. MI Power Grid's three areas of emphasis are customer engagement, integrating emerging technologies, and optimizing the performance of, and investment in, the state's power grid.
To date, MPSC Staff and more than 350 stakeholders representing nearly 250 organizations - from consumer advocates, utilities, other state agencies, local governments, state lawmakers to universities, environmental groups, business customers and national laboratories - in 10 MI Power Grid workgroups have conducted 57 stakeholder meetings and issued five reports. Commissioners, meanwhile, have issued 17 orders in 10 dockets related to MI Power Grid.
"MI Power Grid is even more important as Michigan grapples with issues of reliability, affordability and impact on low-income and marginalized communities, now and into the future," MPSC Chair Dan Scripps said. "We are grateful to stakeholders for sticking with this effort throughout the pandemic. They understand, as we do, that a stronger, more resilient grid powered by cleaner sources of energy requires a tremendous amount of foresight and commitment to getting it right."
Among the highlights of MI Power Grid's Phase II:
MI Power Grid's remaining focus areas will include financial incentives and disincentives for utility performance, distribution system data access, updating the Michigan Integrated Resource Planning Parameters and IRP filing requirements, time-based pricing, and voluntary green pricing.
MPSC APPROVES POWER SUPPLY COST RECOVERY FOR CONSUMERS ENERGY AND OTHER COSTS FOR BIOMASS PLANTS SUPPLYING THE UTILITY
The MPSC approved Consumers Energy Co.'s power supply cost recovery (PSCR) expenses and revenues for calendar year 2019, setting an over-recovery balance of $18,196,314 as the company's PSCR beginning balance for 2020 (Case No. U-20220). The Commission approved $14.3 million in cost recovery for biomass merchant plants Cadillac Renewable Energy LLC; Genesee Power Station LP; Grayling Generating Station LP; Hillman Power Co. LLC; TES Filer City Station LLP, and National Energy of McBain Inc., as well as $1,923,236 in uncapped environmental costs for TES Filer City, while rejecting Consumers' request to be reimbursed for approximately $150,000 related to replacement energy costs connected with three unplanned outages at the company's Karn generating plants and the Ludington pumped hydroelectric facility.
To look up cases from today's meeting, access the MPSC's E-Dockets filing system.
Watch recordings of the MPSC's meetings on the MPSC's YouTube channel.
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.
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