The Michigan Public Service Commission (PSC) will require Energy Michigan (em a nonprofit corporation whose members promote expanded use of cogeneration, IPPs, and waste-to-energy projects (em to provide Consumers Power Co. with information concerning the extent of existing and proposed self-generation projects that pose a competitive threat. The PSC directed Energy Michigan to answer interrogatories served by Consumers after Energy Michigan intervened in a proceeding concerning a new "competitive tariff" proposed by the utility. Consumers had claimed that the new tariff was necessary because it faced substantial competition from self-generation, new municipal utilities, and utilities outside of Michigan.
The PSC rejected Energy Michigan's claim that it should not be required to relay the requested information from its member companies, who were not parties to the proceeding. The PSC said the level of competition was a central issue in the case and that Consumers had earlier been warned not to withhold information regarding attempts to retain its large customers, such as General Motors and Total Petroleum. Re Consumers Power Co., Case No.U-10625, Oct. 25, 1994 (Mi.P.S.C.).
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