The Michigan Public Service Commission (PSC), facing questions on how fast it will move on retail wheeling and direct access, has suspended scheduled hearings on a request by MasoTech Forming Technologies, Inc. to set up a "cost-based, fair, and competitive" electric transportation rate.
MasoTech, a customer of Detroit Edison Co., had asked the PSC how and when it intended to implement recommendations concerning direct access offered by the Michigan Jobs Commission and transmitted to the PSC earlier this year by Gov. John Engler. But Detroit Edison argued that the request was inconsistent with PSC procedure.
The PSC said it could not pursue the complaint because MasoTech had failed to "state unambiguously" the type of relief it wanted and from whom (em whether it sought direct-access service from Detroit Edison, or a progress report on PSC policy development.
However, Commissioner David A. Svanda (concurring with the result) expressed "regret that Detroit Edison has chosen to focus only on the deficiencies in MasoTech's filing." Svanda noted that the issue must be addressed "sooner rather than later, if Masotech is to be competitive and to retain and expand its manufacturing facilities in Michigan." Re MasoTech Forming Tech., Inc., Case No. U-11057, March 28, 1996 (Mich.P.S.C.).
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