DTE Energy Large-Customer Voluntary Green Program: Issues and Options for Public Agencies and Others

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DTE Energy’s new “Voluntary Green Power” (VGP) program allows large customers to contract to increase their renewable-energy supply incrementally up to 100%. The program recently received interim approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) as case U-20343. The rules and rates of this program are important to customers that have adopted policy or financial goals related to clean energy, and that are unable (like most) to achieve those goals wholly through energy conservation and on-site (distributed) energy generation, like solar PV. Continue reading

Municipal Streetlights Rate Victory: Consumers Energy and MPSC case U-20134

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Thanks to rate-case intervention of municipalities organized and supported by MI-MAUI, public street lighting customers of Consumers Energy avoided $3 million in rate increases in 2019, and almost $6 million in additional increases phased in over 2020 and 2021. In particular, Consumers’ originally proposed 61% increase in LED streetlight rates was held to only 2.2% in 2019. Continue reading