Electric Customer Choice

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The Choice is Yours

The “Customer Choice and Electric Reliability Act,” gives you the option to choose your electric energy supplier on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can check the electric rate options and potential energy credits that may be available to you.

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Switch Suppliers

View your available choices.

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Return to Consumers Energy

Return to Consumers Energy

If you choose to return to Consumers Energy, we’ll welcome you back.

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Program Participation Details for Retail Open Access

Please note that, by law, participation in Michigan’s Electric Customer Choice program is limited to no more than 10% of our previous calendar year’s weather adjusted sales.

Currently there is a waiting list to switch electric suppliers. If you’re interested in being added to the list, please call us at 800-805-0490.

The current status and allotment of switching suppliers is shown below in megawatt-hours (MWh) and updated daily.

ROA 10% Cap Tracking system (CTS) Report (Updated as of June 22, 2018)
Consumers Energy 2017 Calendar Year Sales 37,028,203 MWh
Consumers Energy 2017 Weather Adjusted Retail Sales 37,172,389 MWh
Consumers Energy 2018 ROA Cap 3,717,239  MWh
Current Choice Participation Level (enrolled and active at 100%) 3,745,965 MWh
2018 Available Energy Allotments in MWh 0 MWh
Customers in Queue 3,902
Total Load in Queue 6,100,590 MWh

To find out information on Consumers Energy Year to Date Sales, see the 45 Day Report.

Switch electric suppliers

Switch Electric Suppliers

Review your options and consider your choices:

  • Visit the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) website for a list of suppliers.
  • Choose a new supplier and contact them to begin service.
  • Check the contract to see if there are penalties for early termination.
  • You may switch suppliers once a month with proper notification. There is a $5.00 fee for each switch. Switch may only occur on the first day of a bill cycle.

If you have any questions, contact us. PLEASE NOTE: Consumers Energy is not associated or affiliated with Alternate Electric Suppliers, and we do not recommend or endorse any of their products. If you purchase your electricity from an Alternate Electric Supplier, the price you pay will not be regulated by the MPSC.

How it Works

  • We deliver the supplier’s electricity to you.
  • Your new supplier may bill you separately for energy or you’ll receive a consolidated bill from us.
  • We’ll bill you for our delivery.
  • For more information email us or call 800-805-0490.

Technical Information

When you switch suppliers, you may be financially responsible for providing and installing a new electric meter. For more information on wireless telecommunication options please contact the Electric Customer Choice Department at ecc@cmsenergy.com or by calling 800-805-0490.

For detailed information on the Electric Customer Choice Program, see the Retailer Handbook.

Return to Consumers Energy

You always has the choice of returning to Consumers Energy. Here’s how to get started:

  • Contact your current supplier and let them know you want to return to Consumers Energy. Ask them what is involved (you may be subject to fees).
  • Once you return to us, you will go back to paying the regulated electricity rates. You will receive one bill that lists the cost of our electricity and the delivery charge.