Michigan Electric Utility
Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison filed retail open access implementation plans with the MPSC on June 30, 1998. In a March 8, 1999 Order in Cases No. U-11290 et al., the Commission adopted implementation plans for Consumers Energy Company and Detroit Edison that will allow other customers of those utilities to choose alternative suppliers beginning September 20, 1999.
"In the Commission's opinion, there will be numerous implementation questions... that will need to be addressed for open access to succeed. However, the Commission's formal administrative process is not necessarily the appropriate forum for determining every minute detail associated with the implementation of open access. Accordingly, the Commission is directing the Staff to initiate informal discussions with interested parties to identify and amicably resolve such implementation issues. If there are issues that can not be resolved informally, then they should be brought to the Commission in formal proceedings." (p. 13)
Because of the wide interest in restructuring of the electric industry, draft implementation plans prepared by Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison were made available for public review and comments. These draft plans were circulated prior to being filed with the Commission with the goal of reaching a common understanding among all parties about how retail access should best be implemented. In addition, three public meetings were held where members of the public could seek clarification on questions about the plans and provide input.
On June 30, 1998, Consumers Energy Company (Consumers) and The Detroit Edison Company (Detroit Edison) separately filed implementation plans in U-11290 and related cases. Consumers requested that the Commission (1) approve the tariff sheets attached to its plan, (2) find that the implementation plan represents a reasonable and prudent approach, (3) grant accounting authority with respect to implementation costs, and (4) approve a proposed retail code of conduct. Detroit Edison requested that the Commission (1) approve spending up to $19.9 million for implementation costs in 1998, (2) approve revised tariff sheets attached to its plan, (3) approve deferred accounting for implementation costs, (4) order that billing and metering services be continued as regulated services through 2007, (5) order Detroit Edison to refrain from sharing customer credit information without express customer consent, and (6) allow Detroit Edison's affiliates to participate in the program.
Here are links to the plans as submitted by the utilities on June 30, 1998. These plans have now been modified and finalized by the Commission's March 8, 1999 Order in U-11290.
The Commission, in its July 13, 1998 ORDER in U-11290, asked for written comments that were to be filed by August 10, 1998.
Twenty-one sets of comments were submitted by 19 different interest groups. View Comments.
1. The draft plans were superseded, first by the plans formally filed by the utilities on June 30, 1998 and then by the plans adopted by the Commission in its March 8, 1999 Order in Case No. U-11290 et al. The draft plans and public comments about them remain available on the MPSC web site, however. They have been retained for historical reference only, on a separate web page about the draft plans.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Janet Hanneman, of the MPSC Staff, via electronic mail, or telephone (517) 334-7714.
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