What is the MISEC Electric Program?

May 20, 2018

WHAT IS THE MISEC ELECTRIC PROGRAM?

 

The Michigan Schools Energy Cooperate (MISEC) Electric Program helps the Michigan educational community control electric costs and assists in reaching electric budget goals. The MISEC goal is to provide the lowest cost, reliable supply of electricity. We will provide accurate, un-biased information regarding all of your energy needs.  MISEC works for you, not the utility or supplier.

 

Over 160 member districts and community colleges participate in the MISEC Electric Program. This includes nearly 1000 meters.

 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

 

The MISEC Electric Program is open to Michigan K-12 public schools and community colleges that are served by the utilities Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison. We are currently looking into the savings potential for districts served by the utility American Electric Power (AEP). As of today, if you are served by a municipality or cooperatively owned utility you do not have a deregulated electric rate option, and are therefore, unable to participate in the MISEC Electric Program.

 

Please note that in 2008 the State of Michigan passed a law (PA286) that implemented a 10% cap on electric competition. Both Consumers Energy and DTE have maxed out or hit their 10% cap some time ago, so as of today no new electric accounts can start.

 

WHAT CAN MY DISTRICT DO IF THE CAP IS MAXED OUT OR FULL?

 

In that Detroit Edison and Consumers Energy have reached the 10% cap on customers that can buy their energy from an alternative supplier, they have a waiting list or queue of customers that want to leave their respective utilities if and when space becomes available.  When space does become available it is based on first come, first served. 

 

MISEC can assist your district in enrolling your electric accounts in your utilities queue. Once enrolled there is absolutely no commitment or obligation on your part. When the utility gives notice that accounts in the queue can start, MISEC will begin the process of arranging for supply.  If, for whatever reason, it does not make sense to start all or any of the accounts, we would let the utility know that you are no longer interested and refuse the capacity...no harm, no foul.   

 

SAVINGS ANALYSIS

 

MISEC will perform a Savings Analysis for each district facility before a district commits to participate in the Electric Program.  The analysis will be based on historical usage, current utility and electric supply costs.  The analysis will show the district the true projected savings by participating in the Electric Program. 

 

If you would like MISEC to perform a no cost Savings Analysis for your district or community college, please contact Patricia Alderman.

 

WHO IS THE "WATCHDOG" OVER MISEC?

 

MISEC is audited annually by Plante & Moran, LLP.  A copy of the audit will be provided upon request.

 

To learn more about the Electric Program and other MISEC programs, visit misec.org

 

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