Michigan is one of 16 states that allows residents, both residential and commercial customers, to choose their own electricity providers.
Michigan’s Electric Choice
As part of Michigan’s Electric Choice, you have the option to choose and switch your electricity provider. Once you choose your supplier, you will be billed on the same bill as your utilities. If your charges are not on your utility bill, you will receive a separate bill from your Alternative Electricity Supplier (AES). Each AES contract is specific to each customer.
Under state law, a 10% cap has been put on using an alternative supplier’s electricity from the preceding year during the current calendar year. If you go over the 10% cap, you will be placed on a first-come-first-served basis waitlist for an extra energy allotment.
Electric Choice for Residential Customers
When you switch to an AES, you may have to contact your utility company for data. This data will need to be collected before you transfer over to an AES. Be aware that you may have a 3-14 day cancellation period in between switching suppliers. In order to switch back to your previous utility company, a written notice is required.
Along with the notice, a 12 month lease is needed for this to take effect.
Electric Choice for Commercial Customers
Commercial customers need to have interval meters. They are read via a telephone line. You must provide this information as well as maintain the meter. Costs of the telephone line are the customer’s responsibility. An AES requires a 24 month lease in order to use their services. If you want to go back to your prior electric service, a written notice and a 12 month lease is needed.
Serving the following Michigan cities including, but not limited to:
- Grand Rapids
- Sterling Heights
- Ann Arbor
- Farmington Hills