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Michigan Utilities Embrace Electric Choice

Michigan Utilities Embrace Electric Choice

Michigan's two largest electric utilities - Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, and Detroit Edison, the principal operating subsidiary of DTE Energy - plan to implement the Michigan Public Service Commission's (MPSC) electric restructuring plan and offer electric customer choice this fall. The announcement follows the Michigan Supreme Court's ruling on June 29 establishing implementation of electric customer choice as a voluntary action undertaken at the discretion of utilities.

"We believe that the approach to electric restructuring embodied in the MPSC rulings of the past three years is fair and balanced, and we have therefore decided to voluntarily proceed with this historic process," said David W. Joos, CEO, electric for Consumers Energy.

"We strongly support the MPSC plan and will continue to implement electric customer choice in the best interests of our customers," said Anthony F. Earley Jr., CEO of Detroit Edison and DTE Energy Co. "We look forward to working with the state legislature and the administration on ways to best preserve for all parties the benefits of the MPSC plan," Earley said.

Under the MPSC plan, the process of offering electric customers a choice of a power supplier will begin in September 1999, with all customers offered a choice option by Jan. 1, 2002.

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