On May 18, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) issued an order requiring Consumers Energy to implement a new renewable resources program to meet customer demand for renewable energy. The program is to include a "phased-in approach" to adding renewable energy capacity to more closely match customer subscriptions. The MPSC also ordered the utility to implement a non-bypassable charge of 5 cents per meter per month on all customers as a "funding mechanism to recover green power program costs not covered by contributions of customers who agree to pay a premium for green power."
Since October 2001, Consumers Energy has operated a green pricing pilot program, under which residential and business customers can purchase green power to meet 10%, 50%, or 100% of their electricity needs at a price premium of 3.2¢/kWh. The initial 1.8 MW of wind energy supply was quickly subscribed and no new renewable energy supplies have been added to meet continued customer demand. The pilot program is scheduled to expire on December 31.
News Release - MPSC Directs Consumers Energy to Fund Renewable Energy Resource Program
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More Information - Michigan PSC Order U-13843
MPSC Contact: Tom Stanton (517) 241-6086