Lansing, MI — The Michigan Public Service Commission issued its Order in the Consumers Energy rate case on Thursday. While Consumers has agreed to double the cap on its Distributed Generation (DG) program from 1% to 2%, the order creates an uncertain future for solar energy in Michigan by falling short of the recommendations in Administrative Law Judge Sally Wallace’s October Proposal for Decision.
Today, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) issued a ruling finalizing the rates and standard contract terms that Consumers Energy Co., one of Michigan’s largest investor-owned utilities, must pay for energy and capacity from solar energy facilities and other independent power producers under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Michigan Public Service Commission approved DTE Energy’s billion-dollar gas plant proposal in East China Township, despite significant evidence that the state’s residents and businesses would benefit significantly more from renewable energy resources. Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA):
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An order setting rates for renewable energy developers from Consumers Energy will create the certainty necessary to spur private investments and new growth in solar energy, while ensuring utility customers’ electricity rates don’t increase.
In response to Gov. Rick Snyder's (R-Mich.) announcement today, pledging compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement: