HOUSE BILL NO. 4542

May 10, 2023, Introduced by Rep. DeSana and referred to the Committee on Energy, Communications, and Technology.

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 9f.

the people of the state of michigan enact:

Sec. 9f. (1) If a customer's service is interrupted during a billing cycle, an electric utility shall automatically provide the customer a discount on the customer's next electric utility bill equal to the amount described under subsection (2).

(2) The bill discount in subsection (1) must equal the following amount in the month following the service interruption:

(a) If a customer's service is interrupted for at least 48 hours but less than 72 hours, the customer is entitled to a 5% reduction in the customer's electric rate.

(b) If a customer's service is interrupted for at least 72 hours, in addition to the amount described in subdivision (a) for the first 48 hours, the customer is entitled to a 5% reduction in the customer's electric rate for every additional 24 hours that service remains interrupted after 48 hours.