PSC Reports Load, Customer Count Of Each Retail Supplier By Service Area
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The Michigan PSC released its calendar year 2020 report on retail electric choice
The report includes, by service area, the MW served and customer count of each retail supplier
In the report, the PSC noted that the number of customers participating in the choice program declined to 5,706 in 2020 from 5,817 in 2019. Nearly all electric choice participants are commercial and industrial customers
About 6,405 customers remained in the queue of those interested in participating in the program if space becomes available under the 10% cap at each utility.
Electric choice programs for Consumers Energy Co., DTE Electric Co., Upper Peninsula Power Co., Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corp., Cloverland Electric Cooperative, and Indiana Michigan Power Co. remained at or near their 10% cap for 2020.
The PSC also reported that electricity consumption by customers enrolled in Michigan’s electric choice program declined by 58 megawatts (MW) in 2020, reflecting decreased electricity use by commercial and industrial customers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Choice customers had about 1,958 MW of electric demand, down from 2,016 MW in 2019. "The report noted the significant impact the coronavirus pandemic had on the energy industry, particularly early on as many businesses were shut down or reduced operations to help slow the spread of the virus. Calculations in the report were affected by these factors and may not accurately reflect normalized load data," the PSC said
There were 24 licensed alternative electric suppliers in Michigan, with eight actively serving customers as of December 2020.