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