Michigan Energy Deregulation Facts

MLive editorial: Electric deregulation not the answer for Michigan

"We don't believe electric deregulation is the answer."

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Electric meter

Frequently asked questions about deregulation

Find answers to your frequently asked questions here, including how deregulation would affect electric rates, reliability and our economy.

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Deregulation costing Connecticut consumers

Connecticut's attorney general and state consumer advocate are warning consumers about sudden, sharp increases in rates charged by the state's deregulated energy companies.

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Grand Rapids

Deregulation harms low-income citizens

The Grand Rapids Urban League is concerned about how an increase in deregulation options for some more well-heeled customers likely would impact residential energy users - especially the disadvantaged.

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Public Sector Consultants Analysis of Electric Deregulation Policies in Three States

Analysis of Electric Deregulation Policies in Three States

Problems with deregulation include persistently high rates, power shortages, expanded—but untested—roles for government, and a potential loss of state control over energy policy.

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Take action

Protect our reliable electricity: Contact your legislators to oppose electric deregulation in Michigan!

What is deregulation?

Electric deregulation – also referred to by some as “energy restructuring” or “electric choice,” is a process where some customers can opt out of having their electricity provided by their local utility. Instead, these customers receive electricity provided by a retail energy marketer  – but the local utility is still responsible for delivering this power and servicing a customer’s home.

Today, Michigan has a 10 percent cap on deregulation, which costs our state’s families and businesses – because the remaining customers are left paying for fixed costs such as power lines and power plants. Statewide, 99.9 percent of Michigan’s families and businesses are paying $300 million more to properly maintain the state’s electric system so that 0.1 percent pay less. Learn more

In other states

Electric deregulation has been tried before in other states – and it’s failed everywhere it’s been tried. Learn about why there’s a trend away from deregulation nationwide.

Montana deregulation “debacle”
AARP opposes deregulation in Arizona
U.S. EIA critical of deregulation in Texas

What people are saying

Leading organizations in Michigan ranging from the Detroit Regional Chamber to the Grand Rapids Urban League oppose the risk deregulation would pose for Michigan. Learn why…

Commentary on deregulation

Your questions, answered

Energy deregulation is a complicated issue. We’re happy to answer your questions about this important issue for our future.

Answers to frequently asked questions

Did you know?

More than 99% of Michigan’s ratepayers currently pay about $300 million per year to support the fixed costs of generation for those on retail access, effectively providing a subsidy to a very small number of customers.