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Governor Requests Review of State Energy Systems

Feb 08, 2019

Governor Gretchen Whitmer formally requested the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to conduct a statewide review of supply and deliverability of natural gas, electricity, and propane contingency planning. In a letter to MPSC Chair Sally Talberg, the governor has requested the commission to complete their initial report by July 1, 2019. Governor Whitmer has also requested they evaluate whether systems are prepared for changing conditions and extreme weather events.

Governor Whitmer requested the review to include a description of the MPSC’s current plans for distributing energy during emergencies, an evaluation of the existing gas efficiency program, identification of areas or types of systems that are most at risk, and more details that will determine what work needs to be done to ensure Michigan is prepared for future extreme weather events and changing system conditions.

The formal request by the governor comes after particularly cold temperatures, and a fire at a natural gas station, caused two Michigan utility companies to ask residents to reduce their heat to 65 degrees. Additionally, several factories and businesses were closed in order to conserve energy. Through her requests to the MPSC, Governor Whitmer is looking to ensure the state isn’t in another situation similar to this where Michigan residents could face a lack of adequate energy during extreme weather situations.

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