Fed up with repeated outages, the Michigan PSC outlined penalties it is considering imposing on utilities in the future.
Clinton County, Michigan, will impose a one-year moratorium on new, large-scale renewable energy projects to give it time to update its planning ordinance.
A Michigan House task force to investigate winter power outages will hold its first hearing June 9, with further sessions expected through the summer.
Michigan Democrats introduced climate bills that would end coal-fired electric generation by 2030 and mandate 100% renewable electric production by 2035.
Michigan PSC chief Dan Scripps told legislators the state’s electric grid is “nowhere it needs to be,” citing outages that affected 1 million residents.
Michigan lawmakers grilled DTE and CMS Energy officials over their efforts to restore power following storms that slammed the state in February and March.
Michigan utilities would have to provide more transparency on their spending to influence rate cases under regulations proposed by the attorney general.
Regulators approved an agreement that will end CMS Energy’s use of coal-fired generation by 2025 and boost development of renewables and storage.
Consumers Energy, which got more than a third of its power from coal in 2021, will stop coal-fired generation in 2025 under a revised integrated resource plan.
The Department of Energy’s lifeline to struggling nuclear generators appears unlikely to save the next three units scheduled to retire.
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