|Laura Chappelle, Chairman || Mary Jo Kunkle|
|David A. Svanda || 517-241-3323|
|Robert B. Nelson|| |
LANSING, February 25. The Michigan Public Service Commission today
approved Michigan Gas Utilities' December 18, 2001 application for a voluntary
customer choice program for its natural gas customers. The Commission also
approved the use of deferred accounting for the recovery of gas customer choice
implementation costs related to operational and billing requirements of the
program but found that rate recovery will be determined in MGU's next general
Under MGU's program, beginning June 1, 2002, up to 14,000 residential and
1,300 general service customers will be eligible to participate in the program.
Effective June 1, 2003, up to 28,000 residential and 2,600 general service
customers may participate, and effective June 1, 2004, the number of eligible
customers increases to 56,000 residential and 5,200 general service customers.
On June 1, 2005, all MGU customers may select an alternative natural gas supplier.
MGU's program is voluntary for its natural gas customers. Participating
customers will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Today's order
approves residential customer protections, solicitation requirements, supplier
registration and code of conduct, and procedures for complaints between suppliers
and the company.MGU, headquartered in Monroe, provides natural gas service to
about 150,000 in Michigan.
The MPSC is an agency within the Department of Consumer and Industry
Case No. U-13232
February 25, 2002
(MPSC approves MGU's natural gas customer choice program)