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Speaking Out!

About Energy Choices in Michigan

Join Citizens for Energy Choice to help send a strong signal to state legislators, regulators and the governor that prompt action should be taken to eliminate the cap on electric competition. There is no cost to join.

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Did You Know

  1. Our Michigan Electricity Utility rates are the highest in the Midwest. See:
  2. In 2008, our Michigan legislature voted to allow only 10% of the total weather adjusted usage of Michigan's commercial and industrial customers to participate in Electric Choice. The 10% cap was quickly achieved and more than 10,000 businesses representing another 10%-14% of Michigan business usage are waiting impatiently in the Utilities' Queues (i.e. waiting lines) to be allowed to participate in Electric Choice. For DTE Queue information see:

    For Consumers Queue information see: www.consumersenergy.com/content.aspx?id=2186
  3. Because the 10% Electric Choice Participation Cap was achieved so quickly by enrolled commercial and industrial customers, the vast majority of residential citizens of Michigan found themselves excluded from participating in Michigan's Electric Choice program. Since the 10% Participation Cap was reached, rates charged by Michigan's major Public Utilities have SOARED by over 25% on average while wholesale prices have fallen nearly in half! See: www.ecnstudy.com/Retail_Electric_Competition_in_Michigan_-_Final.pdf
  4. Michigan's Natural Gas Choice program easily allows all residential citizens and businesses to participate, see:
    You can also freely and easily choose your supplier for telecommunications, cable, and Internet. Why is this not the case for Electric Choice?
  5. DTE Energy requested, and received, a rate increase to offset customers lost to Electric Choice. The Michigan's regulatory watchdog, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) allowed this increase in spite of the fact that our Electricity rates are the highest in the Midwest. See:
  6. The major Public Utilities requested, and the MPSC approved, rate increases to offset reduced electricity consumption to customers who were conserving electricity and being more efficient in programs which were ironically sponsored by the Utilities. Luckily, the courts overturned these MPSC approvals. See:
  7. The major Public Utilities claim that the reason they need to limit Electric Choice is to ensure “reliability of supply”. The facts prove otherwise:
    • After the passage of PA 141 in 2000 to allow retail competition, independent generators installed more than 4,000 Megawatts of new generating capacity within the state. The construction of this new generating capacity was done by private developers and did not require the imposition of costs onto the backs of ratepayers. Instead, the shareholders of these private developers were responsible for all of the costs and risks associated with such projects.
    • Since June 2009, the Midwest ISO reliability tariff has required all suppliers – both traditional utilities and competitive suppliers – to provide capacity to cover their loads plus reserve margin. Thus, utilities need generation only to cover the load they serve, not Electric Choice load.
    • See: www.customerchoicecoalition.wordpress.com/questions-and-answers
    • See additional related information from the testimony of the former Chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission to the Michigan House of Representatives’ Committee on Technology & Energy: See:

      http://www.1888932-2946.ws/ComTool6.0/ckfinder/userfiles/files/Philip R O'Connor Testimony April 9 2013 Final(4).pdf
    • Additionally, the U.S. Congress passed the Energy Policy Act of 1992, creating a path for competitive wholesale electric markets. These markets have been a remarkable success and, as a result, today Michigan’s electric utilities participate in PJM and MISO, the two largest competitive wholesale electric markets in the US. By providing access to thousands of generating plants, PJM and MISO have improved the reliability of the electric system and lowered costs for restructured states. In fact, the very reason for the development of multistate power pools was to allow electric utilities to coordinate operations and provide reliable service at a lower cost than if they operated on a “go-it‐alone” basis. Moreover, wholesale markets like PJM and MISO have created new economic opportunities for renewable energy development, by providing renewable developers with greater access to markets for green energy. See:
  8. DTE Energy is actively lobbying against Electric Choice in Michigan, yet has a subsidiary that operates as an unregulated alternative supplier in other states espousing Electric Choice. DTE Energy Supply, www.dtesupply.com, also offers electricity in other deregulated states at rates lower than they charge customers in Michigan. See:
  9. The major utilities have used their lobbying efforts to influence the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. These are large associations whose main purpose is to promote business in Michigan – yet these Associations side with DTE Energy and Consumers Energy and object to allowing all Michigan businesses to choose their own supplier of electricity at significantly lower rates. The Chambers have taken this position despite the fact that energy costs are the third major cost of Michigan businesses after wages and health care. See: www.michiganjobsandenergy.com