MPSC Seeks Additional Information from Consumers Energy on Its Proposed Pilot Solar Distributed Generation Program, Public Comment Sought


WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 4, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today directed Consumers Energy Company to submit additional information on its proposed pilot solar distributed generation program and opened a public comment period.

The utility on May 8 filed an application seeking approval of a solar distributed generation pilot program that would include approximately 100 customers. The pilot program is designed to promote solar distributed generation, gather information relating to customer interest in distributed solar generation and provide interested customers an opportunity to obtain distributed solar generation for their homes or businesses.

Consumers Energy would essentially function as an intermediary between interested customers and one or more solar vendors who provide solar equipment for lease or sale. The utility will contract with the vendors, who will in turn contract directly with customers interested in participating in the program. It will not own the solar equipment, and customers are free to implement solar generation projects through other vendors outside the pilot program.

Because the utility asked for certain waivers from the Code of Conduct, the Commission has directed it to provide by June 20 more specific and detailed information on the applicability of, and possible need for, the numerous waivers it is requesting. In addition, the Commission has asked the utility for more specific information about how the program will function overall, including more information about the criteria for the company’s selection of vendors, how fees paid to consumers by selected vendors, as well as other direct and indirect costs will be accounted for, dispute resoluation processes, and details about the proposed on-bill repayment system.

The Commission is also seeking public comment on the utility’s application and additional information. Written and email comments may be submitted by 5 p.m. on July 10 referencing Case No. U-17875. The mailing address is: Executive Secretary, Michigan Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 30221, Lansing, MI 48909. Electronic comments may be emailed to "> and documents, in Word or PDF, may be attached to the email. All information submitted to the Commission in this matter will become public information available on the Commission’s website and subject to disclosure.

The MPSC is an agency within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Case No. U-17875

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