Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 31, 2020
The Michigan Public Service Commission’s annual Status of Electric Competition report finds electricity consumption by customers enrolled in Michigan’s electric choice program grew by 46 megawatts in 2019.
Choice customers had approximately 2,016 megawatts of electric demand, up from 1,970 megawatts in 2018, while the number of customers participating in the program remained about the same at 5,817, according to the report released today.
Michigan’s Customer Choice and Electricity Reliability Act of 2000 opened the state’s utility service market to competition. The act allows a limited number of customers to buy electricity from either their local electric utility or an alternative electric supplier. Public Act 286 of 2008 limited the amount of electric load that could be designated through the choice program to 10 percent of an electric utility’s average weather-adjusted retail sales for the preceding calendar year.
Almost all choice participants were commercial and industrial customers, which includes large manufacturers, retailers, health care facilities, restaurants and schools.
As of December, approximately 6,447 customers remained interested in participating in the choice program if space becomes available under the 10 percent cap. There were 23 alternative electric suppliers licensed by the MPSC, nine of which served customers.
The electric choice programs for Consumers Energy Co., DTE Electric Co., Upper Peninsula Power Co., Upper Michigan Energy Resource Corp., and Indiana Michigan Power Co. were at their 10 percent cap throughout 2019; Cloverland Electric Cooperative was operating just below the 10 percent cap. Information about electric choice participation for each utility can be found at their websites.
The MPSC’s Electric Customer Choice webpage has customer, supplier and program information.
Michigan was one of 20 jurisdictions with full or limited retail electric market restructuring in 2019.
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