Laura Chappelle, Chairman Dorothy Wideman
David A. Svanda Mary Jo Kunkle
Robert B. Nelson 517.241.6160

     LANSING, July 12.  The Michigan Public Service Commission
yesterday announced that it is seeking public comment on proposed electric
distribution system performance standards for Michigan's electric utilities. 
The proposed standards address a number of issues, including utility reporting
requirements, electric outage and safety measurements and customer relations. 
Under the Commission's proposed standards, utilities that fail to meet
minimum standards for restoring power after an outage will be required to
provide affected customers with bill credits. 

     Interested parties are encouraged to file comments on the proposed
performance standards by Tuesday August 21, 2001.   Reply comments are
due by Friday September 21, 2001. All comments may be filed as traditional
filings or through the electronic case filings program and should reference
Case No. U-12270.  Persons submitting comments as traditional filings must
send an original and 15 copies to:

     Michigan Public Service Commission
     Executive Secretary
     P.O. Box 30221
     Lansing, Michigan 48909
     Persons submitting comments through the electronic case filing
program must file an original and four paper copies and an electronic copy in
the portable document format (PDF).  Requirements for filing electronic
documents may be found at:

     To receive a free copy of the proposed standards, see the
Commission's web site at: or write to the MPSC at the above
address or call 517.241.6070 or 1.800.292.9555.

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

Case No. U-12270
July 12, 2001
(MPSC solicits comments on proposed electric distribution system
performance standards)