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Here is a $0.50 bet I will take with any Michigan Regulator!

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Visionary and innovator in the utility industry and grid modernization Burns & McDonnell

I have a broad background in utilities and energy. I worked for Capgemini in the Energy Practice for more than 15 years. During that time I rose to the position of CTO of the 12,000 person...

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The commission in Michigan just posted the following:

  • "COVID-19 led to a 5% reduction in electricity sales in 2020 compared to 2019, led by the industrial sector’s 16% decline, while residential electricity use increased 6.6% to 35.7 billion kilowatt hours, owing to Michigan residents working from home. Current weather projections call for a summer 2021 that’s 8% warmer than average, which could increase electricity use. 
  • The summer 2021 projected peak electrical demand plus planning reserve margin requirements are expected to be 21,459 megawatts (MW) — down slightly from 21,945 in 2020. Electric demand for Consumers Energy peaked at 7,675 MW and for DTE Energy at 10,337 on July 9.
  • Generation capacity required to serve Michigan’s Lower Peninsula decreased by 178.1 MW in 2021-2022, while generation capacity requirements for the Upper Peninsula and eastern Wisconsin rose by 358.1 MW.   "


With an 8% hotter summer and more industry running, I expect to break the 2020 Peak and approach the all-time high in state. I also expect that the peak will be later in the day, and that most of the solar will be done for the day when the peak occurs.

Any takers?

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Bob Meinetz on May 27, 2021

I'm not one, Doug, but any Michigan regulator who takes your bet would certainly lose his four bits (and should lose his job)!

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