HOUSE BILL NO. 6126

May 19, 2022, Introduced by Reps. Steven Johnson and Reilly and referred to the Committee on Energy.

A bill to amend 1939 PA 3, entitled

"An act to provide for the regulation and control of public and certain private utilities and other services affected with a public interest within this state; to provide for alternative energy suppliers; to provide for licensing; to include municipally owned utilities and other providers of energy under certain provisions of this act; to create a public service commission and to prescribe and define its powers and duties; to abolish the Michigan public utilities commission and to confer the powers and duties vested by law on the public service commission; to provide for the powers and duties of certain state governmental officers and entities; to provide for the continuance, transfer, and completion of certain matters and proceedings; to abolish automatic adjustment clauses; to prohibit certain rate increases without notice and hearing; to qualify residential energy conservation programs permitted under state law for certain federal exemption; to create a fund; to encourage the utilization of resource recovery facilities; to prohibit certain acts and practices of providers of energy; to allow for the securitization of stranded costs; to reduce rates; to provide for appeals; to provide appropriations; to declare the effect and purpose of this act; to prescribe remedies and penalties; and to repeal acts and parts of acts,"

(MCL 460.1 to 460.11) by adding section 9e.

the people of the state of michigan enact:

Sec. 9e. (1) If an electric utility fails to restore service to a customer within 72 hours after an interruption in the customer's service and that customer purchased a generator to provide electricity to the customer's household because of that interruption, the electric utility shall provide the customer a bill credit on the customer's next electric utility bill equal to the cost of the generator that the customer purchased, not to exceed $500.00.

(2) To receive the bill credit under subsection (1), the customer must apply for the bill credit in a form and manner prescribed by the commission. If the customer's credit under subsection (1) exceeds the amount of the customer's bill for the billing cycle, the electric utility shall automatically carry forward the balance of the credit to subsequent billing cycles until it is expended.

(3) An electric utility shall not recover any expenses for credits described in this section in an application for a rate increase. The commission shall not allow an electric utility to recover any expenses for credits described in this section.