Michigan utility gets green light for green energy; Utah regulators crack down on utility’s billing practices

Michigan utility gets green light to offer green energy to customers. Michigan’s utility regulators provided the go-ahead for Consumers Energy to offer “green” electricity to its customers. The Michigan Public Service Commission greenlighted the utility’s plans to provide voluntary green pricing programs, but delayed approval of a similar program by DTE Electric pending the provision of additional cost information. The PUC authorized Consumers’ Solar Gardens program for residential electric customers and conditionally authorized the utility’s Large Customer-Renewable Energy Program pending clarification of tariff language (Case No. U-18351). In the DTE proceeding, the utility can continue to offer its MIGreenPower pilot program while working to resolve the PUC’s concerns with the larger-scale program (Case No. U-18352).

Regulators direct Dominion to cease third-party service offers in customers’ bills. The Utah Public Service Commission has ordered Dominion Energy to quit mailing third-party service offers to its customers. In response to complaints from customers and the Division of Public Utilities and the Office of Consumer Services, the PSC told Dominion it could no longer use its bill to collect charges for third-party services unless the customers authorize the charges. The commission will undertake a proceeding to develop new rules for billing and information-sharing by regulated entities. The PSC ordered Dominion to credit customers with the value of customer information and access, which will be determined in a pending proceeding.

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