MPSC Review Ensures IRPs Reflect the Needs of All Michigan Energy Consumers

Key takeaways:



Representing the Best Interests of ALL Michiganders

The MPSC’s involvement in the IRP process specifically—and energy planning in general—is crucial. The input they provide helps ensure the way Michigan produces, generates, and delivers energy represents the interests of all Michigan consumers and businesses who depend on reliable, affordable energy.

Both Consumers Energy and DTE Energy’s IRPs reflect a combination of strategies to secure a cleaner, more reliable, and more affordable energy future for all Michiganders, including:

The MPSC’s role in energy planning is to reflect and represent the needs of all Michiganders. The IRP process enables them to do that job more effectively and efficiently by allowing regulators to evaluate holistic, comprehensive approaches as opposed to approving individual, one-off projects and proposals out of context of all the resources, technologies, and tools working together to supply Michigan with energy.

Ultimately, the IRP process is designed to help our state reach its clean energy goals in a way that works best for Michigan. The MPSC works with local energy providers—and numerous other stakeholders—as our energy providers plan how to meet Michiganders’ energy needs, ensuring they are doing so in a way that keeps energy reliable, affordable, and fair—all while still making progress on the clean energy front.

Working as Planned

The iterative process wherein each provider revises and updates their individual IRP based on the MPSC’s feedback is precisely how IRPs were intended to work. While each IRP differs, they complement each other—and in fact, rely on each other—to keep energy available in the most sustainable and affordable way possible for everyone across our state.

Through their complementary approaches, the approved IRPs will help Michigan reduce carbon emissions while supporting long-term affordability, reliability, and safety for all consumers.

Next Steps

Local energy providers will be working to implement and continue to optimize their IRPs. That includes the release of DTE Energy’s Renewable Energy Plan, which is based on their approved IRP, as well as expansion of energy efficiency and voluntary green pricing programs.

Stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted with more information on key developments in the march toward a cleaner, more reliable energy future for Michigan homes and businesses.