Consumers Energy will help up to 100,000 customers buy smart thermostats as part of an effort to minimize the need for expensive peak power.
The process requires utilities to account for the costs and benefits of renewables, efficiency, and fossil fuel investments.
A 2008 state law capped net metering at 1% of a utility’s peak load — a threshold some companies are now nearing.
An infusion of public and private funds is helping to expand the state’s network of public fast charging stations.
State regulators recently extended a DTE Energy program that allows customers to pay extra for renewable gas offsets.