John G. Strand, Chairman Dorothy Wideman
John C. Shea Mary Jo Kunkle
David A. Svanda (517)334-6983

     LANSING, February 5.  Citing the need for additional
information before assessing the Staff Report on Electric Industry
Restructuring, the Michigan Public Service Commission today requested
Consumers Power Company and The Detroit Edison Company to make
informational filings with the Commission to disclose how they would
propose to implement the Staff Report.  The informational filings are
due March 7, 1997.  Issues for the companies to address in the filings
include: calculations of stranded costs and transition charges; items that
the utility would expect to securitize (a method for refinancing
potentially stranded utility capital costs at a significantly lower overall 
cost), if authorized; allocation of direct access capacity; proposed direct 
access service charges and conditions of service; standby service options for 
direct access customers; transmission constraints or limitations; and potential
development of an independent system operator. Other Michigan electric 
utility companies may also make informational filings by March 7.  

     The Commission also announced that it will hold four public
hearings to receive comments on the informational filings.  The public
hearings will be held as follows:

March 25, 1997      LANSING                       1:30 p.m.
                    Library of Michigan
                    717 West Allegan
                    Lansing, MI

March 26, 1997      DETROIT                       1:30 p.m.
                    City County Building
                    Auditorium, 13th Floor
                    Two Woodward Avenue
                    Detroit, MI

April 2, 1997       GRAND RAPIDS                  1:30 p.m.
                    City County Building
                    City Hall, 9th Floor
                    Commission Chambers
                    300 Monroe, NW
                    Grand Rapids, MI

April 3, 1997       MT. PLEASANT                  1:00 p.m.
                    City Commission Chambers
                    City Hall, Room 200
                    401 N. Main
                    Mt. Pleasant, MI

     Additionally, the Commission will accept written comments on
the utilities' informational filings by April 7, 1997.  Written comments
should reference Case No. 
U-11290 and  be sent to:

     Michigan Public Service Commission
     Executive Secretary
     P.O. Box 30221
     Lansing, MI 48909

     The MPSC is an agency within the Department of Consumer
and Industry Services.

Case No. U-11290
February 5, 1997
(Utility company informational filings regarding electric industry
restructuring/Public Hearing schedule)