With programs already in place to keep costs competitive and plans for the future of utilities in the state, Michigan and the greater Ann Arbor region provide the resources needed for businesses to build and grow.
Michigan’s electric industry has been restructured so that the supply of electricity is open to competition. However, the transmission and distribution of electricity remains under a regulated utility structure. In Michigan’s Electric Customer Choice Program, the supply of power is open to Alternative Electric Suppliers.
Michigan has a Smart Grid program with the goal of integrating modern technology into the existing electrical power grid to improve reliability, quality and efficiency. One of the benefits for businesses opening or relocating to the greater Ann Arbor region includes real time monitoring of electricity consumption.
Surrounded by Great Lakes and with landscapes crossed by rivers and streams, water is important to Michigan. Michigan’s water is regulated by the Department of Environmental Quality which monitors drinking water and wastewater. Most of the water and sewer utilities are operated by local municipalities. For more water utility information, each of the partners in the Greater Ann Arbor Region can connect you with state and local water regulatory offices in their area.
Michigan is dedicated to the study and implementation of renewable energy projects. Governor Rick Snyder has created a “no regrets” energy policy, which is built around the following goals:
With a 2025 date in mind, several goals have been set, including an increase in affordability for customers.
Michigan utilities customers have the option of participating in Green Pricing Programs. Customers can also generate their own electricity through solar panels and wind turbines through the net metering program. Michigan had over 2,500 customers participating in this program in 2016. Let us assist you with determining the best renewable energy options for your business.
Each of the Greater Ann Arbor Region partners has years of experience assisting businesses with determining and obtaining the utilities businesses need to thrive in the region. We are here to help you.