Proposed interconnection and net metering rules are now available for public comment. The rules are Exhibit B to the Commission's February 4, 2009, order & notice of hearing in Case No. U-15787.
A public hearing is set for 9 a.m. on March 3, 2009 at the MPSC and written comments may be submitted electronically to email@example.com up to 5 p.m. on March 6, 2009. Any person may attend the public hearing and provide comments on the proposed rules or submit written comments.
On October 6, 2008, Governor Granholm signed SB 213 into law. SB 213, known as PA 295, includes a provision directing the Michigan Public Service Commission to establish a statewide net metering program no later than 180 days after the effective date of the Act. For more information on the net metering law see PA 295 PART 5.The Commission's February 27, 2007 Order in Case No. U-15113 directed the Engineering Section of the Commission's Operations and Wholesale Markets Division to establish a workgroup to develop faster and less complex interconnection procedures for 10 kW and under interconnection projects. The Commission additionally directed the Michigan Renewable Energy Program (MREP) Ratemaking and Net Metering Committee to form a task force to seek a new consensus and report to the Commission within 90 days on a simplified approach for net metering for inverter based systems smaller than 10 kW. It is assumed that the same people will be interested in working on issues assigned to both workgroups and to improve efficiency, one combined workgroup is being formed.