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LEGAL ROAD MAP FOR FORMING A PUBLIC ELECTRIC POWER UTILITY IN ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

Ann Arbor Microgrid supports funding a feasibility study with respect to establishing a municipal electric utility in the city of Ann Arbor. Here is the legal roadmap:

From the Introduction

This report provides an overview of the steps for establishing a municipally-owned electric utility, or “muni,” in the City of Ann Arbor. Because DTE Electric Company (“DTE”) already provides electric utility services customers in Ann Arbor, we have evaluated two options for creating a muni:

  1. Complete replacement of the incumbent investor-owned electric utility (DTE) by the new muni; and
  2. Establishment of a new muni that would compete with DTE for new and existing customers within the City of Ann Arbor.

Both of these options are permitted under the applicable constitutional provisions, statutes, and the Ann Arbor City Charter. Both options share similar processes in the initial implementation stages.

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