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

     LANSING, October 28.  The Michigan Public Service
Commission is seeking public comments on the "MPSC Staff
Report on Bid Cycle One", the Staff assessment of the first bid
cycle of the electric retail open access program.*     
Interested parties should file comments with the Commission by
November 18, 1999.  After reviewing comments on the Staff
Report, the Commission may make appropriate changes in the
bid process for the third bid cycle scheduled for January 20,

     On October 20, 1999, the Staff filed a report that
summarized the results of the first bid cycle in the electric retail
open access program, and recommended that no major changes
be made to the bidding process at this time.  The report also
recommended continuing the waiver of the minimum bid
requirement and suggested clarifying the voluntary bid forfeiture
procedure.   The Commission directed the Staff to conduct a
review of various aspects of the electric retail open access
program and file a report within 30 days of the deadline for the
submission of bids for the first block of capacity under the open
access program.

          Comments should reference Case No. U-11290, and  be
     sent to:

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

     A copy of the report may be obtained from the
Commission's web site or by calling 


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

Case No. U-11290 et al.
October 28, 1999
(Commission soliciting public comments on MPSC Staff Report
on Bid Cycle One)

*The retail open access program has a phase-in schedule
opening a portion of Detroit Edison's and Consumers Energy's
electric system load to competitive providers, beginning with 225
megawatts and 150 megawatts of capacity for Detroit Edison and
Consumers Energy customers, respectively, effective September
20, 1999.  The companies will continue to phase in competition in
the electric industry by opening up an additional 225 MW and
150 MW per bid cycle, for four subsequent bid cycles. By
January 1, 2002, all Detroit Edison and Consumers Energy
customers will have the option to choose their electricity provider.