We Want Your Renewable Energy
We’re always growing our renewable energy portfolio. So, if your home or business is generating electricity through solar, wind or biomass, we’re interested in your excess power. You can opt to sell all of your output or just the excess. Through our Distributed Generation program
, we’ll credit you for electricity contributed to the grid.
Find Out if You're Eligible
Consumers Energy will purchase electricity from renewable energy systems defined as Qualifying Facilities under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA). This includes solar, wind, hydro, biomass and landfill gas.
Customers who wish to sell their excess electricity from a renewable energy system must complete an energy purchase agreement
Consumers Energy or the customer may terminate the Energy Purchase Agreement upon an interval of time agreed to by the parties. The standard agreement currently provides a one-month written notice. Consumers Energy can also terminate the Energy Purchase Agreement if the customer fails to maintain its Qualifying Facility status with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Generator Interconnection Process
Customers must be approved in advance for an interconnection with the utility distribution system in order to operate in parallel with Consumers Energy.
The Interconnection Process brochure
offers an overview of the interconnection process, roles and responsibilities.
See the Michigan Electric Utility Generator Interconnection Requirements
for interconnection process details.
Compensation for Energy
Consumers Energy pays for all electricity delivered from renewable energy systems at the hourly, real-time Locational Marginal Price (LMP) of Consumers Energy's load node as determined by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO).
MISO manages one of the world’s largest energy markets using highly sophisticated computer programs. These programs use a mathematical representation of the generators, transmission and distribution systems owned by those entities that participate in the MISO energy market and/or who provide transmission services for participants in the MISO energy market. Generating plants and the loads of each load-serving entity (e.g. utilities like Consumers Energy that provide electricity to their customers) are represented as nodes in these computer programs. The node that represents Consumers Energy's load is designated as "CONS.CETR".
The payment amount for each month is the sum of the hourly amounts for that month determined as follows:
- Hourly Payment Amount = Amount of electricity delivered by customer in megawatts (MW) x (MISO LMP for CONS.CETR)
Occasionally, the hourly LMP is a negative value. When the LMP is negative for an hour, the customer pays Consumers Energy at the contract price for each hour and the total monthly payment to the customer is reduced as a result of that time. During each billing month, generators under 2000 kW will be assessed an administrative charge of one-tenth of a cent (0.1 cent) per kilowatt-hour will be paid by the customer to Consumers Energy (which is offset against any amounts owed by Consumers Energy).