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MPSC Directs Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Association to Make Certain Filings, Meet with MPSC Staff as It Transitions to a Member-Regulated Cooperative
August 11, 2009
The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today directed Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Association to make certain filings and to meet with the MPSC staff as it transitions to a member-regulated cooperative.
The utility on June 25 adopted a resolution to become member-regulated, in accordance with Public Act 167 of 2008, the Electric Cooperative Member-Regulation Act. The utility will become member-regulated on Sept. 27, assuming it fulfills all of the notice and hearing requirements of the Act. It would become the second electric cooperative to become member-regulated since the new law became effective.
As a member regulated cooperative, Alger Delta's board of directors will be responsible for establishing, maintaining and applying all rates, charges, accounting standards, billing practices, and terms and conditions of service. The MPSC retains jurisdiction over certificates of need and enforcement of administrative rules dealing with areas served and line extensions.
Today's order directs Alger Delta to file documentation within seven days to show compliance with the notice and hearing requirements of the law and to begin meetings with the MPSC staff no later than August 20 to discuss issues related to the transition. The MPSC staff is directed to report to the Commission by Sept. 1 on the results of those discussions.
The MPSC is an agency within the Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth.
Case No. U-16011