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  • Sep 28, 2021 3:20 pm GMT
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<p>The following information was released by the <org value="ACORN:4029560812" idsrc="">Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs</org> (LARA):</p> <p><org>The Michigan Public Service Commission</org> issued a reminder that the first of two public hearings is scheduled for <chron>Thursday, Sept. 30</chron>, for Commissioners to hear public input on <org value="NYSE:CMS.PRB" idsrc="">Consumers Energy Co.'s</org> integrated resource plan, or IRP, outlining the utility's plans for delivering electricity to its residential and business customers in <location value="LS/us.mi" idsrc="">Michigan</location>.</p> <p>Chair <person>Dan Scripps</person> and Commissioners <person>Tremaine Phillips</person> and <person>Katherine Peretick</person> will be on hand to hear directly from Consumers' customers, and MPSC staff will offer a presentation providing details on the utility's proposed IRP. The hearing's purpose is for the Commission to take public comment on Consumers' long-range forecasts for ensuring reliable service over the next 20 years, with specific requirements for reporting 5-, 10- and 15-year projections. IRPs were established under <location value="LS/us.mi" idsrc="">Michigan's</location> 2016 energy laws and are required for each electric utility whose rates are regulated by the MPSC.</p> <p>The hearing on Thursday will be <chron>4-7 p.m.</chron> at Saginaw Valley State University's <location>Ott Auditorium</location> in Gilbertson Hall, <location>7400 Bay Road</location> in <location value="LU/us.mi.sagnaw" idsrc="">Saginaw</location>.</p> <p>For those unable to attend, a second hearing by videoconference and phone will be held <chron>Monday, Oct. 4</chron>, <chron>6-8 p.m.</chron> Participation by videoconference is available through this Microsoft Teams hearing link. Those wishing to participate by phone may call 248-509-0316 and enter the conference ID 634 972 57# when prompted.</p> <p>Consumers provides electric service to about 1.8 million customers in <location value="LS/us.mi" idsrc="">Michigan's</location> <location>Lower Peninsula</location>. <org value="NYSE:CMS.PRB" idsrc="">Consumers Energy's</org> IRP was filed in June in Case No. U-21090 and remains pending before the Commission.</p> <p>Comments by attendees will become part of the public record, and a transcript of the hearing will be filed in the case docket. Comments also may be mailed to Executive Secretary, <org>Michigan Public Service Commission</org>, P.O. Box 30221, <location value="LU/us.mi.lansin" idsrc="">Lansing, MI</location> 48909, or emailed to <a href=""></a>. Please include the case number (U-21090) in correspondence.</p> <p>People who have mobility, visual, hearing, or other disabilities should contact the MPSC's Executive Secretary at 517-284-8090 in advance of the forum to request assistance.</p> <p>To combat the spread of COVID-19, as of today, Saginaw Valley State requires anyone inside enclosed spaces in campus buildings with more than five people present to wear face masks, regardless of vaccination status. All attendees of the in-person hearing on Thursday must wear a face mask. The MPSC will provide a limited number of masks for those who do not bring their own. Those unable to comply with the mask requirement are encouraged to participate in the virtual public hearing on <chron>Oct. 4</chron> or to submit comments in writing.</p> <p>Background information about integrated resource planning is available in an MPSC issue brief. More detailed information about the Consumers Energy IRP hearings is available in the MPSC's public notice.</p> <p>For information about the MPSC, visit <a href=""></a>, sign up for its monthly newsletter or other listservs, or follow the <org>Commission on Twitter</org> or LinkedIn. </p>

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