Michigan PURPA Settlement Set to More Than Triple State’s Solar Capacity

By [email protected] Regulators in Michigan approved a settlement Wednesday compelling utility Consumers Energy to buy power from 584 megawatts of solar interconnected by September 1, 2023, multiplying by many times the 153 megawatts currently standing in the state.

The settlement ends a long disagreement about projects tied the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), which requires utilities to pay regulator-approved “avoided cost” rates to qualifying solar facilities. Developers and solar advocates argued the Michigan utility wasn’t approving qualifying projects in a timely manner, while Consumers said a rush of PURPA projects had “overwhelmed” the utility and forced it to pay more for solar

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