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
"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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