Michigan Public Service Commission

INTERLOCHEN, MI (MPRN)--   The Governor’s notice to shut down Line 5 by May won’t affect how the state reviews plans to replace the pipelines.

That’s according to a ruling from a Michigan judge this week.

The decision comes as the Michigan Public Service Commission decides whether Canadian energy company Enbridge can dig a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac to house a new section of Line 5.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   A judge says the Michigan Public Service Commission has some authority over Enbridge’s plans to build an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel that connects Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

State administrative law judge Dennis Mack ruled Friday that the commission can consider whether relocating part of Enbridge's Line 5 to the tunnel would be in the public interest. But he says the agency should not consider broader issues such as how the project would affect climate change.

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Public Service Commission will hold an electronic public hearing on Aug. 24 to take input on Enbridge Energy LP’s request for siting authority of its plans to relocate a segment of the Line 5 pipeline to a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac. 

Members of the public wishing to make comments are urged to register in advance because of the high number of people expected to participate. 

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   A Michigan regulatory agency has denied Enbridge's request for quick approval of its plan to put a replacement oil pipeline beneath a Great Lakes channel.

The state Public Service Commission on Tuesday voted to conduct a full review of Enbridge's proposal. Enbridge wants to extend the pipeline through a tunnel that would be drilled beneath the Straits of Mackinac, connecting Lakes Huron and Michigan. It would replace dual Line 5 pipes that lie on the bottom of the straits.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The UP Energy Task Force is scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, June 9.

The meeting will focus on how electricity is transmitted through the Upper Peninsula. Presentations by American Transmission Company and the Michigan Public Service Commission will provide overviews of the current state of transmission, from power producers to end users.

Following the presentation and a task force work session there will be time for public comment.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Regulated utilities in Michigan have agreed to extend service shut-off protections, flexible payment plans and other options offered to customers struggling with bills due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Michigan Public Service Commission says the extensions will go through mid-June. Jackson-based Consumers Energy and Detroit-based DTE Energy have extended protections through June 12, following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order extension.

UPPCO IRP approved

Feb 7, 2020

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Public Service Commission has approved a settlement agreement involving Upper Peninsula Power Company’s integrated resource plan. 

The IRP is the utility’s long-range strategy for meeting customer electricity needs.

LANSING, MI--   Segments of Upper Peninsula Power Company’s Integrated Resource Plan have been accepted by the Michigan Public Service Commission.

The MPSC also recommended changes to UPPCO’s long-range strategy for meeting utility needs.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Public Service Commission has approved a $19.9 million rate increase for Semco Energy Gas Company.

The utility had sought an increase of more than $38 million. SEMCO says it will use the money to replace aging gas mains and create an infrastructure reliability improvement program.

The average residential customer will see a 9.2 percent increase in their bill, or about $6.10. The increase includes a 75-cent rise in the monthly customer charge to $12.25.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Superior Watershed Partnership has received $2,460,000 from the Michigan Public Service Commission for heating assistance for low-income households. 

The money can be used for heating and electric bills, affordable payment plans and self-sufficiency services. Such services could include energy education, financial counseling, free home energy score assessments and free solar panel installation for up to five qualified households.

The funds will be used in each of the Upper Peninsula’s 15 counties.