Electricity Competition. Customer Choice. Self- Service.
Is electricity competition working for your business? Is the cost of regulated utility rates impacting your bottom line?
With thousands of customers lined up in the Michigan queue seeking the “customer choice” alternative to regulated prices, Public Energy’s “self-service” offering might be your best option for reducing your electricity costs – and the only one within your reach.
What’s customer choice?
You shop for a competitive supplier for the electricity commodity that is delivered through your monopoly wires utility
What’s different about self-service?
You generate power on your own industrial or commercial site and maintain your utility delivery connection.
Public Energy is an independent power producer that sells you electricity developed on your site for your own needs – it is not power provided through the grid.
We offer full-service, onsite power solutions, with all costs – capital, operating, maintenance – included.
We do this through a simple price per kilowatt-hour – just like you do now. The savings will surprise you. Giving self-service a look is worth your time – and worth it to your bottom line.
Self-Service Built on a Strong Foundation
Under the Customer Choice and Electricity Reliability Act, Michigan opened up its electricity market to competition in 2000.
You likely know this law is the one that allows you to buy electricity from an alternative electric supplier. What you may not know is that this same law also spelled out your “right” to self-service.
Did your business grow on neighboring properties? Your right to self-service includes, as well, your ability to combine your adjacent operations – on separate properties, whether next door or across the street – as one load. When these loads are considered together, your ability to generate significant savings can only be enhanced.
Whether you are connected to an investor owned utility like Consumers Energy or DTE, a municipally owned utility or a cooperative, self-service is an option you need to consider for your business.
Self-Service Rules That Work for You
Michigan’s rules for self-service are well thought out – both for utility rate structures and the utility interconnection rules, agreements and application fees. You can have confidence in your savings and the utilities can have confidence they are kept whole financially.
When you go “self-service” and remain connected to the grid – whether for backup or your meeting your operation’s peaking loads – the investor owned utilities have well-defined and approved tariffs. The municipal and cooperative utilities may or may not have the same, but they will not be unfamiliar with what is required for self-service.
Standby charges make the point. They compensate your utility for backup power the grid provides for the onsite generation – essentially your guarantee that you can use the grid if you need to. Public Energy will show you your savings net of your costs for standby charges.
Interconnecting your self-service generation to your utility is where the rubber of the technical issues hit the road. The format for the rules is common across the utilities, having been set by the PSC.
Since the PSC does not regulate municipal utilities, these common rules only apply to the investor owned utilities and the cooperatives. Municipal utilities, where they have experience with self-service, would have similar rules or just follow the common rules.