|Laura Chappelle, Chairman || Mary Jo Kunkle|
|David A. Svanda || 517-241-3323|
|Robert B. Nelson|| |
LANSING, December 20. The Michigan Public Service Commission today
approved revised retail open access service tariffs for The Detroit Edison
Company and Consumers Energy Company. Today's Commission action establishes
the rates, terms, and conditions under which retail customers of the two
electric utility companies will be permitted to choose an alternative
electric supplier. The retail open access service tariffs will take effect
January 1, 2002. The Commission approved these revised tariffs under
authorization of the Customer Choice and Electricity Reliability Act of 2000.
Under the Act, all Detroit Edison and Consumers Energy customers will have
the opportunity to select an alternative electric supplier beginning January 1,
2002. The Commission previously approved retail open access tariffs for both
Detroit Edison and Consumers Energy. The current tariffs will be replaced by
today's approved tariffs.
"The Commission has now set the ground rules for competition in retail
electric markets, and we fully expect our action today to spur competition in
those markets," said Chairman Laura Chappelle.
Detroit Edison, headquartered in Detroit, provides electric service to
about 2.1 million customers in Michigan. Consumers Energy, headquartered in
Jackson, provides electric service to about 1.7 million customers throughout
Michigan's Lower Peninsula.
The MPSC is an agency within the Department of Consumer and Industry
Cases Nos. U-12488, U-12489
December 20, 2001
(MPSC approves Retail Open Access Service tariffs for Detroit Edison and